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C.R.A.I.G Group wants to provide hope, uplift residents

Karli Bockelman / Special to Craig Press

As 2019 draws to a close The C.R.A.I.G. Group had to figure out how we wanted to spend our remaining project funds. Our group members proposed ideas, which included sponsoring local efforts to provide for people for the holidays and multiple group projects. The group decided to split the money between donating gifts to the KRAI/55 Country Holiday Drive, purchasing food for Love INC and purchasing encouraging yard signs and pamphlets.

The yard signs and pamphlets are meant to spread hope and encouragement throughout our community. The yard signs say things like “Don’t Give Up” and “You Matter”. One of our group members read about this project in a magazine, it was about one family’s efforts to combat suicide in their community by placing uplifting yard signs in high traffic areas which quickly grew into a movement across the country. You can read more about the original project at this website: https://www.dontgiveupsigns.com/our-story.

The pamphlets we’ll be distributing are titled “150 Ways To Show Kids You Care” and give suggestions on how adults can show kids they care. Our plan is to distribute them at community events in the new year and to youth serving organizations. Our hope through both of these projects is to build people up, to bring a little joy to our community, and hopefully brighten someone’s day.

To help support local efforts to provide for people for the holidays we’ll be donating gifts, like toys, food, and blankets to the KRAI/55 Country Holiday Drive and Love INC. The KRAI/55 Country Holiday Drive has been a staple in our community for 21 years and helps many different people. They accept donations on behalf of four local non-profits: Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, Open Hearts Advocates, and the InterFaith Food Bank and 100% of what is donated goes to these entities. We’ll also be donating gifts and food to Love INC to support their work with Christmas for Kids to provide gifts for youths 15-18 years old and their weekend food bag program.

The C.R.A.I.G. Group is excited to continue to support our community and to keep on building health equity in Craig in the upcoming year! If you’re interested in becoming part of the C.R.A.I.G. Group, our meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at CNCC room 175. Or you can email our group facilitators, Karli Bockelman at karli.bockelman@gmail.com or Patty Maradiegue at pattymaradiegue@gmail.com.

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