Though she's just 7 years old, Naomi Thomas's life has already been touched by cancer. A childhood friend, her grandmother and a great-grandparent were all diagnosed with cancer.
Naomi wanted to do what she could to help, and she decided to start with girls who have lost their hair from cancer treatment. She developed "Mo's Bows," handcrafted hair bows, scrunchees and head bands. She set up a display at Second Edition in downtown Delta on Friday and Saturday, and is also taking special orders at 901-1936.
The profits from Mo's Bows will be donated to the children in the oncology department at Children's Hospital Colorado.
"I want to help girls who lose their hair from cancer and show them that they are beautiful on the inside no matter what happens on the outside," she said.
Naomi is the daughter of James and Andrea Thomas and a student at Vision Charter Academy. In promotional material, she explains Children's Hospital is the only pediatric cancer center in the Rocky Mountains. Children's Hospital treats children, adolescents and young adults from birth through mid-20s with cancer and non-malignant blood disorders. Each year in Colorado there are more than 300 new diagnoses of cancer-related illnesses in children.
"Mo" is a shortened version of her name that came about because her older brother had trouble pronouncing the three syllables in "Naomi."
Naomi has repaid her parents for $60 worth of materials, and is now setting aside the profits from her sales, carefully tracking the totals and honing her math skills.
She welcomes custom orders for specific colors and fabrics, and can be contacted at 901-1936 for details.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.