Wind Crest puts ‘giving’ into Thanksgiving

Community collects 1,071 food items

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Employees and residents of Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch put their resources together this past month to help make this Thanksgiving a special one for low-income families in the south metro area.

The retirement community collected 1,071 non-perishable food items ranging from green beans to stuffing to soup and broth to give to Interfaith Community Services of Englewood, supporting the nonprofit organization’s Thanksgiving Baskets Program.

“There were many hours of loading, counting and sorting, but we all feel good about taking the time to go the extra mile for such a worthy cause as the Thanksgiving Baskets Program,” said Rachel Koch, administrative assistant at Wind Crest.

IFCS expects to meet its goal of collecting 800 food baskets for distribution to the communities of Littleton, Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated parts of Arapahoe County.

They couldn’t do it however, without organizations like Wind Crest pitching in. And they are always looking for new people to help.

“We began registration for holiday programs mid-September and we had a huge response,” said IFCS spokeswoman Maria Pearson. “The thing that sort of surprised me is the fact most of the sign-ups were new to Inter-Faith.”

For more information, including the organization’s holiday adopt-a-family Christmas program, please visit www.ifcs.org.