April D. Christopherson
April D. Christopherson


Well, folks, it’s here. The 2019 holiday season is upon us. The start of November marks the end of everything fall and the beginning of everything red, green and “festive.” Marketers would have us all believe that good feelings and family togetherness are the foundation of every home’s traditions — and that’s an honorable goal. I can’t imagine doing the holidays without my kids, dogs, friends and general family chaos permeating our home.

Along with community holiday cheer come the charity requests, “free” address labels and supermarket bell ringers. Pleads for end-of-year donations fill the mailbox along with Christmas greetings from friends and family (and dare I mention the form letters detailing the lives of every child you’ve ever met?). Donations are a great end-of-year “feel good” remedy. Write the check. Check the box.

My husband and I recently attended a Fundraising Gala for the organization Night Lights Inc. out of Denver. Night Lights fills a gap in communities around Colorado by caring for children with special needs challenges and their siblings. They provide respite care one night a month for entire families who have a child with disabilities.



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