DENVER – Anyone who has ever put on a holiday meal knows that it takes careful planning. Our university Staff Council started preparing in August for the annual Adopt-a-School project that delivers holiday meals for families.
The CU Denver Staff Council, along with many helpers, collected enough food and monetary contributions to donate 68 holiday dinners, complete with turkey, stuffing, vegetables and all the rest of the ‘fixings,’ to the families of students at Montview Elementary School in Aurora.
Staff Council members gathered Dec. 13 in Building 500 on the Anschutz Medical Campus to sort and assemble the items into gift boxes to be delivered to the school on Dec.19.
Staff Council Chair Deborah Makray, who had previously participated in the project, was amazed at the ‘to-do list.’
“This was my first year to actually be the lead on the project. I underestimated the amount of time, effort and perseverance that was required to succeed at a project like this, and I must now give kudos to the project leaders before me for making the project seem easy to accomplish. This has been an awesome experience, but very hard work!” said Makray.
“Our campus community has been incredibly generous in helping us to exceed our goal, which was 50-60 complete holiday dinners,” she said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their positive spirit, energy and donations to the project.”
Makray also wanted to thank the Public Service Credit Union for donating $500 to help pay for frozen turkeys and additional food items to fill the boxes. And another generous donation from the King Soopers on Speer Boulevard helped to ‘top off’ the gift boxes.