Another super-successful Grandparents Day celebration is over.
This year almost 270 Grand Family members attended for the Grand Families’ picnic at Daddy J’s, (which is SO appropriate, since Maurice had a large and very special place in his heart for children who struggle.)
For those who don’t know this organization, it is a support group begun by the Namaqua Center, ten years ago, for grandparents who have stepped up and are raising their grandchildren. Many of the biological parents of these children have become meth, or other kinds of addicts and alcoholics, have become abusive, are in jailor have died.
Most of these children have been traumatized repeatedly. They have been abused, neglected, abandoned and exploited. They are not easy children to raise. They range in age from 2 years through adolescence.
The number of grandchildren being raised by one or more of these grand parents ranges from one to five. The grandparents provide them with love, safety and stability, often at great cost to themselves, their financial well-being, and their own dreams. I have never heard anyone of them complain!
It is estimated that there are 5,000 Grand Families in Colorado. Namaqua provides guidance, legal and other services to 700 of these families.
One grandmother burst into tears on Sunday, when she arrived and saw the buffet table expertly set up and people waiting to serve. When she could talk, she said,“You make this picnic so special and beautiful. It’s like a dream. I can’t believe you do all this work for us!”
I can believe it, but it still fills David and me with great admiration and appreciation for all of you who make this event so special and memorable for these families.
So GINORMOUS THANKS to:
Susan – for your warm-hearted generosity and cooperation;
Lois – for your excellent and expert help in planning;
Kevin – for the cleaning and help setting up;
Travis, Ken, Bruce, Justen and Jordan – for the food prep and cooking;
Debbie, Diane, Karen, and April – for food preparation, the buffet table set-up
and quick re-supply, and warm, personable guest service and clean-up.
Linda, David J and, of course, the Grand Families