Caroline Dotson sits outside the Craig Daily Press office with her children, from left, Chandler, 3, Colton, 7, Caleb, 11, and Creed, 1, before dropping off a box for donations to help children and families affected by recent flooding in Colorado. Caleb and Colton came up with the idea to start the Hope Floats fundraiser to help those devastated by the floods.

Photo by Noelle Leavitt Riley

Caroline Dotson sits outside the Craig Daily Press office with her children, from left, Chandler, 3, Colton, 7, Caleb, 11, and Creed, 1, before dropping off a box for donations to help children and families affected by recent flooding in Colorado. Caleb and Colton came up with the idea to start the Hope Floats fundraiser to help those devastated by the floods.

Craig kids start Hope Floats fundraiser to help flood victims

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— Hope is floating its way from Craig down to Longmont this weekend as the Dotson family — along with the Convoy of Hope charity — works to help children and families recently impacted by the floods.

The Dotson family lives in Craig and consists of Caleb, 11, Colton, 7, Chandler, 3, Creed, 1, and their parents, Chris and Caroline Dotson.

Inspired by the recent devastating flood that destroyed thousands of homes and caused numerous deaths throughout Colorado, the two oldest children, Caleb and Colton, decided to start the Hope Floats fundraiser to help kids and families who have lost their belongings in the floods.

“What I hope to achieve is that others, whether far or near, see and realize what is right and good, that we care and that God cares,” Caleb said.

The Dotsons currently are setting up donation boxes across Craig at places such as The Journey at First Baptist, KRAI radio station, the Craig Daily Press and several other businesses.

They are encouraging people to donate things such as baby wipes, baby food, clothes, shoes, socks, toys, fruit cups, baby formula, sippy cups and bottles of water. They will be collecting donations Tuesday and Wednesday and will accept monetary donations, as well. Colton said he is excited to help people and hopes to learn a lot from this.

“We’ll try to do anything we can to help,” Caleb said. “We’re going to Longmont Friday to see what we can do.”

Caroline said that she is proud of her two boys and that she thinks it will be a very valuable lesson for them. She primarily has been working on making contacts and setting up appointments for the boys but has left the majority of the work to them.

Caleb and Colton will be setting up a stand in downtown Craig on Wednesday to raise awareness of their cause and will be accepting donations there, as well.

Once they get to Longmont, they will try to connect with local families that are in need the most and divide the donations up among those families. Caleb has also set up a Facebook page called “Hope Floats: Kids helping kids.”

To contact the family or show support online, visit the page at www.facebook.com/hopefloatskidshelpingkids.

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