The Red Hats of Horizons recently collected donations of clean, gently used clothing as a community service project. Numerous bags of men's and women's apparel were handed over to Kimberly Burns, assistant manager of the Salvation Army thrift store in Delta, at a special event last week.
Burns shared the history of the Salvation Army, explaining that the nonprofit is a ministry first and a thrift store second. The organization dates back to 1865 and in Delta includes food commodity distribution, a food pantry and vouchers for emergency housing and clothing. "If you need a hug or a prayer, stop by," Burns said.
One of the Red Hats said when she was a small girl, a Salvation Army volunteer took her to church every Sunday, so she wouldn't spend the day in the bar her dad owned.
Meehan is taking an online course to become a certified activities director, and she came up with the community service project to meet class requirements while providing a meaningful opportunity for the Red Hats.
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.