Each year, the Families Plus Christmas elves come out and give gifts to more than 60 boys and girls who belong to their program. These gifts are not made in a workshop up north but were donated by the wonderful people of Delta County to the Families Plus angel tree program. Two businesses, four churches, and three different banks placed in their lobbies angel trees that were decorated with cards which list the children's Christmas wishes.
If that were not enough, one of Santa's biggest helpers, Karen Nitter from the Colorado State Extension office, organized a toy drive for the Delta County 4-H clubs. After the gifts were collected, the families of the children gathered and wrapped the presents. "Hopefully we can take a little stress off of the families by giving them something to put under the tree," said Mary Bauer, administrative director of Families Plus.
Families Plus is a homegrown Delta County program that exists nowhere else in the nation with the blending of parents, volunteers and professionals all determined to help children build skills needed to become successful adults. Events like these help Families Plus to be true to its mission: supporting families to partner with the community to help children thrive. If you would like to volunteer or become a mentor to one of our children, please call Families Plus at 874-0464.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.