From Haiti to Home in Colorado
Among the many thousands of children affected by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti were dozens of orphans already in the process of being adopted by loving families in Colorado.
Knowing that these children were frightened, without reliable shelter, and in many cases injured, Governor Bill Ritter and the Colorado Department of Human Services worked with both Haitian and international relief officials to get these children to their new homes as quickly as possible.
A central concern was the emotional well-being of the children while in transit to their families. Having worked with Lakeshore during the aftermath of a tornado in June of 2008, the department contacted our store in Denver to see if we could provide materials for the children to use during their long journey to Colorado. Of course, we were delighted to donate a truckload of materials! And, from what we’ve heard from the Colorado Department of Human Services, the children were simply thrilled with the art supplies, manipulatives, infant & toddler items and other materials that were sent. We wish them—and their new families—all the best!
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