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Refugee children received essentials at annual R.O.C.K. event

May 01, 2019

On Sunday, April 7th, Denver Health Foundation hosted R.O.C.K. (Refugee Outreach Clothing Kids) a distribution of new clothing for refugee patients at Denver Health’s Lowry Clinic. This was an opportunity for newly arrived refugee children in grades K-12 who are Denver Health patients to receive new donation-based clothing, school supplies and other day to day essentials.

It took a village.  The clinic was set up like a “store” where 248 volunteers distributed nearly 5,000 pieces of new clothing, backpacks, coats, toiletries, accessories and toys to 350 kids from countries like Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ukraine, Bhutan/Nepal, Eritrea, Russia, Burma and Ethiopia.

Pinnacol Assurance employees volunteered for the event, helping with set up and execution.  “Last week, Pinnacol employees volunteered with Denver Health Foundation ... These new Coloradans have endured incredible hardship, and we were humbled to serve them.”

The Logan School, offering creative learning to kids grades K-8 and neighbors to the Lowry Clinic, had 23 school age volunteers in attendance. 

Abby Barnes, recent winner of Miss Colorado Teen for USANational Miss volunteered during the distribution, and leading up to it she donated 80 cartons of new toys that were given away through R.O.C.K.

Denver Jewish Day School first-graders collected new toys and items of clothing for the event.  Along with their parents and teachers, each of them enthusiastically and patiently guided a refugee child through the shopping areas.

Denver Health care providers brought their families to join in the effort and the children of staff helped their refugee counterparts choose their clothing and toys.  It was a wonderful way to extend a warm hand in friendship to a newcomer in our community. 

For most of the volunteers it was a powerful and moving experience that brought them face to face with some of the urgent needs faced by these families who have endured so much during their long journey to America.  At the end of the road, they have been welcomed with open arms by Denver Health.  For the first time in many of their lives, they are now receiving life-saving medical care and they are on the road to recovery and self-sufficiency. 

R.O.C.K. helped ease the complicated transition to their new country.

To see news coverage from the event; 9NewsFOX31, CBS4 

To see photos from the event, click HERE

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