Stephanie KonopelskiAs a leading force behind her Mother-Daughter group, Stephanie Konopelski was seeking an organization that would help instill strong community bonds and values in her own daughters. While browsing through the Denver Post, Stephanie spotted an announcement for Dolls for Daughters, who was looking for volunteers for their upcoming Toy Shop.

Stephanie signed her group of 7 moms and 10 daughters up to help out, and that was the beginning of the incredible bond that was formed between these two groups. Since that day, the group volunteers at the Toy Shop every year. For the past 3 years, they look forward to their chance to see those happy faces, and the joy they feel as they are able to help these amazing families at the Holidays. Stephanie says that her favorite part of the day is “going through the toy line with a mom and helping her decide what to get for each of her children.”

Being able to help those who are less fortunate than she, while teaching her own daughters the great value in giving, is the gift that Stephanie gets from each Toy Shop. Watching her daughters as they help others and learn to truly understand what giving is all about is priceless.

There are so many out there who can use your help. Stephanie appeals to everyone to, “Find a list of organizations that need help and find what speaks to you.”

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BarryRogersBarry Rogers, with Pacific Office Automation (POA), was introduced to Dolls for Daughters through a business alliance group event hosted by one of their major clients. Jessica Bachus shared the Dolls for Daughters vision with POA that evening, and instantly a brainstormbegan brewing on how POA could help support Dolls for Daughters.

Pacific Office Automation is committed to providing both business and community support in Colorado. Their goal is to create win-win relationships with their customers as well as their community. In their quest to support Dolls for Daughters in any way they can, they donate both time and financial resources, so Dolls for Daughters can in turn fulfill the needs of children and families who need their help.

Pacific Office’s tag line is “Problem Solved”, and that’s what they set out to do; in every setting. Whether it is in business, in their community or in a social setting, Barry and the folks at POA strive to provide solutions. They provide customized technology solutions specialized to a business’ needs, which include IT network services, software solutions, and document printing solutions.

They chose to support Dolls for Daughters because it, “has an outward focus of giving back to the community and helping those in need of financial, emotional, and charitable support.” POA will be participating in the upcoming Dolls for Daughters 5th Annual Scramble Golf Tournament, which they are also co-sponsoring. They also look forward to this year’s Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop, where they will be volunteering alongside “one of our delivery drivers who has an uncanny resemblance to a man in a sled that frequents homes around the world on Christmas Eve. I believe he will be at the Toy Shop to greet children and families this year.”

Barry tells us that when he is choosing which organizations to support, he looks for like-minded organizations that are looking to have a positive impact in the community and do so in a selfless, outward-focused fashion. “This is what we see in Dolls for Daughters,” he states.

Barry’s words of wisdom,

“There are an unlimited number of organizations to support. Choose what calls to you.”

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“I am grateful for your Toy Shop; I’ve had a rough year and a recent eviction. The father of my kids committed suicide earlier this year and things have been hard for me and the kids.”  ~Thankful mother

Can you imagine not having the means to provide Christmas gifts for your children?  In 2014, Dolls for Daughters provided 24,351 new items to 5,269 children in need at our 5th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop.

This year, we need your help to provide toys for 3,500 Denver Metro Area children in need. Your small monthly donation will make a difference!

When you commit to a monthly donation and become a Dolls for Daughters Toy Shop Santa, you will help provide disadvantaged children with a new toy, stocking, new book/bookmark, toothbrush and toothpaste kit, not to mention smiles and screams of joy when they receive these gifts during what would otherwise be a tough holiday season.

The Impact of Your Annual Toy Shop Investment
Dolls for daughters
$5/Month =  Stockings for 20 children
$10/Month = Toothbrush kits for 30 children
$25/Month = Books for 40 children
$50/Month = Dolls for 50 children
$100/Month = Toys for 80 children

From my family to yours, thank you for taking time to read this letter and for considering supporting us in providing even more children with these special gifts at our 6th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop on December 5, 2015!

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Genevieve
Genevieve Valdez has a passion for helping children. This is evident in her close work for Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND). KIND has given thousands of children across Colorado access to affordable dental care. Genevieve herself, has worked in the dental field for 20 years, and is currently a Registered Dental Hygienist, and member of both the American and Colorado Dental Hygiene Associations.

So, when Genevieve was asked to help hand out toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss at the Annual Dolls for Daughters Toy Shop, she was intrigued. When she arrived and began her volunteering, she claims that she was “amazed at the amount of people who were there and in need.” However, being there, and seeing all of the good and support that Dolls for Daughters was doing through their Toy Shop, she was overwhelmed with the warmth of giving and compassion.

Genevieve feels that Dolls for Daughters is a wonderful cause, and one that truly aligns with her own passion of providing children with the things that every child should have. Since that first Toy Shop, Genevieve has donated both her time and money to the work that Dolls for Daughters does, as often as she can. For the past 4 years, Genevieve has been right there, supporting and witnessing firsthand, the smiles, relief, and gratitude, that providing parents with gifts for their children brings. Through Dolls for Daughters and KIND, Genevieve has been able to see just how great a gift giving can be.

Truly a compassionate person, Genevieve says “Talk to everyone you come in contact with about the causes you believe in. Spread the word!”

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Several years ago, Erik Reynolds was invited to help out at Dolls for Daughters’ Annual Toy Shop where he was able to help parents pick out gifts to give to their children for Christmas. It was at this event that he truly realized the value and the impact that Dolls for Daughters has on the Colorado community.

For Erik, what is so significant about Dolls for Daughters is their concept and their cause. He loves that they are a non-political organization, just looking to serve their own community. There is no greater reward than the look on a mother’s face when the realization sets in that she will be able to give her child a Christmas present, or the surprise and joy on the children’s faces as their whole family is given a day at the zoo together.

It is that desire to help children in need that Erik claims matches so directly with his own values. As a father of five children of his own, he says “Kids in need are a sweet spot for me.” In fact, just this last December, 2014, Erik brought his whole family to the Dolls for Daughters Annual Toy Shop to help out. His kids served as “expert advisors” to those parents who needed a little assistance in picking out the perfect gifts. “My children will remember that experience throughout their lives,” says Erik, happily.

Essentially, events like this are special and memorable not only to the families that they help, but also to those people who volunteer, such as Erik’s children. That gift of building a foundation of compassion and goodwill within the next generation of adults, is just another amazing product that Dolls for Daughters is able to generate within its community. For Erik and his family, the desire to keep helping has been ignited. He hopes to continue “to add to those memorable experiences this year and each year in the future.”

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Abbie Bennett

RockRes Realty is so much more than your average real estate company. Annie Bennett and her team are dedicated to empowering their clients to achieve their real estate goals by providing them with accurate information, intelligent options, and a customized service to their clients based upon mutual loyalty and respect.

But there’s even more to this incredible agency. Through their desire to lead their community through integrity and compassion RockRes Realty has aligned themselves with Dolls for Daughters. According to Annie, “It is important to remember everyone: the ‘first’ and the ‘last’. We know that Dolls for Daughters aligns with these important things when we see the benefits it offers the community and others.”

Annie found out about Dolls for Daughters through a friend several years ago, and says that Jessica’s strength amazed her. Since then, Annie knew that she wanted to figure out how she could help, and so began to donate her time and volunteer for the organization. Amongst her experiences in working with Dolls for Daughters, her most memorable was the Dolls for Daughters Tea Party in Belmar in 2012. Annie was able to bring her 2 daughters that day, and the three of them had an amazing day they could remember forever.

In her three years supporting Dolls for Daughters, Annie has been to several of its fundraising events. This year she attended the bowling event and was on a team with her 2 daughters, who all had a blast! “It’s great to help raise money and have fun,” says Annie. In 2012, Annie volunteered at the Toy Shop and worked with the clean-up crew. Even as they began their clean-up, she says that the line was still long, as people waited very patiently knowing they were going to be getting something great for their kids. She was thrilled to watch the reactions that families had as they were able to receive gifts from Dolls for Daughters.

RockRes Realty believes that you must have passion for what you do in business and in life. They believe that giving back to the community and its people is extremely important; which is why they support organizations that bring happiness and compassion to communities throughout Colorado. Dolls for Daughters, is one of these because “they give back so much more than just things or stuff; they’re showing compassion and giving people joy. Those things are worth so much more than money! Those are the things that last a life time,” Annie says.

Annie’s tip on giving, “If an organization is instilling something more valuable than money: it’s important to give any amount; regardless of the actual amount. Even if it’s small; give what you can.”

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Our 7th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz Bowl a Thon sponsored by Sanitas Skincare was held Saturday, March 14th at Elitch Lanes. Elitch Lanes has been hosting our event for the past 7 years and we could not ask for a better venue.

This event sold out for the 5th straight year with more than 139 bowlers. We raised $8,639 and collected more than 640 new toys. Money raised from this event will fund our Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz programs and toys will be given away at our annual toy shop in December.

Sponsors
sanitas

Sanitas Skincare

miller

Miller and Associates, CPA

bachus cares

Bachus and Schanker Cares Foundation

marco

Marco’s Pizza Colfax

Glacier Ice Cream

Glacier Home Made Ice Cream and Gelato

Solar City

Solar City

Annie Sells Colorado Homes

Platt River Mortgage

Platte River Mortgage

Eoncity

Oliva Family

Photography :

kb

KB Digital Designs

Special thanks to the following companies that have donated prizes..
JP Lizzy
Comedy works
The Cherry Cricket
Colorado Railroad Museum

 

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Lindsay Dolce

“Margaret Mead once said “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.” According to Lindsay Dolce, in her time working in the nonprofit sector, this lesson has repeated itself again and again.

Lindsay is with Serve Colorado, which is the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. This group strives to extend services and resources across Colorado by partnering with organizations it thinks fit its goal of serving our Colorado community. Dolls for Daughters is mostly certainly one of these, and as Lindsay says, “The heart and soul of Dolls for Daughters is Jessica and it is so clear that she genuinely cares about the people with whom she works.”

Lindsay states that Dolls for Daughters values that every child, regardless of their financial situation, is important. The belief that each one of these children deserves to feel loved and valued, especially at the holidays, is one that Lindsay absolutely agrees with and is her motivation for aligning herself with the Dolls for Daughters mission.

Though she had known of Jessica and Dolls for Daughters beforehand, it wasn’t until she volunteered and saw the organization in action that she truly understood the depth of … that Dolls for Daughters provides to the community. While volunteering at the annual Toy Shop, Lindsay was able to experience just how moved and grateful the families were when they were able to give their child a toy for Christmas. For nearly 6 hours families filed through line, each with their own story and thank you, for the opportunity to give their child a Christmas gift.  For Lindsay, this experience made her realize that “truly, I have never been so humbled to be a part of something that meant so much too so many in such a short window of time.”

Her experience with the Toy Shop cemented her bond with Dolls for Daughters as well. She will support this organization for years to come because “the thought behind every aspect of what Dolls for Daughters does in the community clearly proves an interest in making a sustainable change in the lives of children and families.”

With so many organizations doing great things in our community, it is so uplifting to see that many of Colorado’s less fortunate are gaining access to resources that they did not have before. By simply supporting these organizations and donating our time, we can grow those few caring people who are willing to change the world, into masses. Strong communities with organizations like Dolls for Daughters enrich all us all, rich or poor. “We all gain strength and support from our community,” says Lindsay, “but if we don’t give back to that community, at some point the community no longer exists.”  Her advice to readers, “Be civically engaged some way, no matter how small, and find opportunities to witness the generous spirit of others regularly.”

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