"Grand Valley Gives" Rally Kicks-Off "Colorado Gives Day"

The Spirit of Giving is in the Air!

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Dozens are rallying behind giving back in honor of Colorado Gives Day.

Without these donations, it's very difficult for these non-profits to continue to do the work that helps makes our community better.

It could mean the difference between supplying kids with school supplies, or not, in this case for Kids Aid.

It could mean having the resources to take care of displaced pets in the case of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

With Colorado Giving Day starting on Tuesday, December 5th, 33 non-profits came together at the old courthouse to kick things off with the Grand Valley Gives Rally.

"This community serves thousands of people each year and all of these non-profits serve people in different ways from animal rights to children to the environment", says Joy Thompson the Director of CASA for Mesa County.

"We're all working together. I think that's an important thing to note about 'Grand Valley Gives' is that it's a real collaboration", says Martha Kirk with the Marillac Clinic.

Many non-profits explained the services they'd be unable to provide without the community's support, donations, and collaboration.

"So, I'm with Western Slope Center for Children. We are a non-profit child advocacy center. We serve victims of abuse. We've seen victims of sexual abuse, physical violence, witnesses to violence, and these donations help us keep seeing these kids and help them through the process and help them heal", says Jodi Brandon for the Western Slope Center For Children.

Even when it comes to helping children succeed in school.

"So we're really using this opportunity of 'Colorado Gives Day' to educate the public and raise awareness of how much need there is in our local schools," says Tedi Gillespie the Director of the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

In order to continue to give back to the community, they're asking for your help this Tuesday during Colorado Giving Day.

"Tis the season. Give! Go on Colorado Gives Day and make your donations count", says Gillespie.

For more information on how to get involved along with acquiring a "giving guide," check out www.grandvalleygives.org.

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