Craig shows its love with donations for Back to School Fair

Staff Report
Carlen Sanders with Colorado State Patrol hands a backpack full of school supplies to Jonathan Martin, 5, during Saturday's Back to School Fair at Breeze Street Park. The Love INC event included a giveaway of school gear by local law enforcement.
Andy Bockelman |

The Back to School Fair hosted by Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley provided many smiles for kids Saturday, as well as many helpful tools for students and their parents preparing for a new school year.

The yearly event included free haircuts, free donated clothing and many other activities throughout the day Saturday in Breeze Street Park. Local law enforecment handed out new backpacks stcoked with school supplies, Stylz 5th Avenue provided complimentary hair trims, and representatives with local churches such as Friendship United Methodist and The Journey at First Baptist also volunteering their time.

Organizations like Northwest Colorado Health, Advocates Crisis Support Services and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition likewise provided educational information to keep in mind for keeping kids healthy.

Love INC Director Pat Jones said the response was “overwhelming,” in a good way, including a $2,000 grant from Yampa Valley Electric Association.

“A lot of it is just people in the community,” she added of the willingness to donate money or materials to the cause each year. “It just happens. Our community is good and they love their children, and it’s such a great outreach to help kids get ready for school.”

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