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Moffat County in top 10 of charitable Colorado counties

Patrick Kelly

Charitable actions are common in Moffat County and those who need help are never left in the dust.

Helping neighbors is a concept rooted in the ways of The West, formed out of necessity, and Moffat County knows how to take care of its own.

"In rural, agricultural background there was always the concept built into it that they would help each other with ranch work," said Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director.

The tradition carries on with Moffat County being ranked as the 10th most charitable county in Colorado, according to 2012 data from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

According to The Chronicle's 2012 "giving profile," Moffat County contributed just over $6.5 million dollars to charitable organizations with a median individual contribution of $2,511 for the year.

"It's just a neat group of people that care about one another and it's always been that way," said Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe.

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In his 37 years as a Moffat County resident, Grobe has not only witnessed the charitable actions but also experienced them himself.

"I was out of work, actually I was sacking groceries at The Merc and people were just coming forward wanting to help us out in the time of need," he said.

Another shining example of the sense of community in Craig and Moffat County is the support Craig Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chris Oxley received when her family's home was destroyed by a fire along with all their possessions.

"It was pretty instantaneous," she said.

Before the Oxley's could even react to their loss the community was by their side.

"We said so many times through the process that we couldn't imagine living somewhere else and getting through something like that the way we did," Oxley said. "The community was just instantly there."

Grobe said the process of assisting others in your community always comes full circle.

"It's just phenomenal, when people do that for you it makes you want to reach out and help other people when they have a problem," said Grobe. "Like I said, it's always been that way."

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