This year our CCB Choir formed itself in about a week under the direction of student Julie McGinnity, then went caroling at the Littleton Light Rail Station, outside Romancing the Bean Coffee shop. The next day they gave a performance at the Seniors’ Holiday Party. Mostly students, but with a couple of staff voices as well, they did a lovely job, On their behalf, and indeed from all the students and staff at CCB – here’s a holiday gift!
What could be more fitting on the shortest day of the year than a video about making fudge? Here’s Maureen with another Breaking Blind video with a holiday theme!
Here’s the first of a couple of holiday videos from our own Maureen’s Breaking Blind channel. Because … well, there might still be a few people who haven’t run across it yet!
Editor’s Note: We thought this hometown article about our student Chaz and his American record in his first-ever marathon last month well worth the read. Needless to say, we’re excited for him and proud of his achievements!
By John Conceison
It’s always fine when a competitor thrives during an Olympic year.
For Grafton’s Chaz Davis, 2016 has served as a year of wondrous accomplishment, complete with the trip to Rio and recording personal bests at the Paralympic Games.
Well, apparently, the year wasn’t quite complete until the beginning of this month. Davis still hadn’t run a full-course marathon, though he had participated in the relay challenge at last year’s California International Marathon in Sacramento. …
Only a few days and hours to shop online, so why not make your holiday gift-giving go a little further still?
Amazon’s Smile program donates 0.5 percent of your purchase amount to the charity of your choice, and that could be the Colorado Center for the Blind. Just go to smile.amazon.com and select CCB as your beneficiary. Return to smile.amazon.com every time you shop Amazon to ensure that your purchases also support us all year long!
Thanks, and of course Happy Holidays!
This year, we fed on breakfast burritos from Littleton’s GraceFull Cafe, a community cafe whose mission is “to provide a home in the Littleton community where people of all backgrounds can gather, eat well and be inspired to give back.” We thought we’d give back since, after opening earlier this year, GraceFull has hosted several of our students in internships, including summer youth.
Besides, they serve a wonderful breakfast burrito.
Then it’s time to dig under the tree and pass out the gifts, all labeled in Braille, of course. We can’t offer a statistical analysis of correct guesses, but let’s say that maybe one in three guessed correctly, and that’s with three tries.
Afterwards there’s a lot of cleanup, but it goes quickly with so many eager hands on deck. The wrapping paper, the the plates and cups from the meal, and then taking down the tree all happen before the hugs and farewells. Most of our students a much of our staff are on their way to Denver International over the next couple of days.
By noon it’s a skeleton crew, and it sure is quiet around here…
Safe travels and the best of the season everyone!
We’re in our final week – final days, really – of the 2016 year at the Colorado Center for the Blind. It’s not exactly like winding down, but more like an all-cylinders-open surge for the finish line.
Alejandro went on a support drop yesterday, and is cooking a big meal tomorrow. Ryan served his mini-meal – fifteen people and French onion soup – while down in the gym another class punched, kicked and potato-tossed each other on their way to earning their orange belts in Karate from Karate Denver. We also delivered holiday cookies and other holiday treats to Littleton police, fire and planning personnel, as well as to the shopping assistants at the Neighborhood Wal-Mart.
The Seniors’ annual Holiday Party was nearly a mob scene, with 50 attending, sharing pot luck and a lot of laughter. This year’s ITP student choir is the best in memory. They sang outside Littleton Light Rail Station’s Romancing the Bean Monday afternoon, and gave a lovely and lively performance to the Seniors Tuesday as well.
And that’s just one day this week, though I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple of things!
Our 2016 Colorado Gives Day was our most successful ever, and we want to thank all of our friends and new acquaintances who helped make it so!
In all, we received $15,230 via the online Colorado Gives web site, and all of that counts toward a share of the $1 million Incentive Fund offered by First Bank and the Community First Foundation. In addition, we received another $11,275 in checks on December 6 from supporters who don’t favor online giving for one reason or another. No matter, we’re excited and thankful for all our donations, which totaled $26,505!
We’re still getting a few checks and online donations, and all these funds go toward the costs of programs like our Confidence Camp for Kids (see photo above), challenge recreation and special programs for seniors.
Colorado Gives Day for 2016 was another record-breaker across the state, too. Every year the number of nonprofits participating in the statewide event grows substantially. This year there were 2111, and a record of more than $33 million in donations.
Our numbers might seem small compared to the statewide amounts, but we’re anything but dismayed. We know our mission and we know the blind kids through seniors who benefit from our programs by gaining the skills of blindness and the confidence to take charge of their lives. Obviously, so do the nearly 100 contributors who gave amounts from the minimum of $10 to some gifts that required a comma. It all counts, it all matters.
So thanks to all those who gave a monetary gift, as well as to the dozens of others who shared our Face Book, YouTube and Twitter appeals!
We’re nine days into December and, not all that surprisingly, 9 is the temperature this morning. Robert routinely interrupts class with overhead PA announcements, requesting some student or staff member to please stop by his desk on a break. This is a sure sign that there’s a Secret Santa something or other waiting for the requested one at Robert’s desk in the lobby.
Hard to believe that we’ll be done for the year in just a week, as always ending the year before the holiday break with a morning brunch and Secret Santas revealed! Before that unwrapping and Secret Santa unveiling, followed by departures across the state an to Denver International Airport, however, we’ll have one more graduation, a FAST Saturday/NFB of Denver Holiday Party on Saturday, and the Seniors Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13.
So last Friday, staff and students took time to do some holiday decorating, and here’s a peek at that day and how the Center looks right now … on the inside anyway!
We had a little bit of snow this morning, but not enough to keep us at home. Snow is just a part of everyday life and for our students, learning to travel in all weather means feeling confident about traveling to their jobs someday.
But it was cold, and will be colder tomorrow!