Tri-State and its workforce have brightened many lives in many ways this year – especially this recent holiday season.
As Christmas was celebrated last week, the Powering the West team felt it fitting to share some of the ways that the association and its employees have generously given their time and resources to help our neighbors in recent weeks.
Food Bank of the Rockies
In late November and early December, the east-side employee association organized a food drive at Tri-State headquarters and collected 400 pounds of food — equal to roughly 1600 meals — for Food Bank of the Rockies.
Salvation Army – Craig Services Unit
In mid-December, Craig Station employees volunteered for an entire weekend as Salvation Army bell ringers outside Craig’s City Market store. Many employees also brought their children along to foster volunteerism. Their efforts helped raise nearly $1,000 for the Salvation Army.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Under the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives banner, Tri-State was once again a key sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House “Light the House” radiothon on KOSI radio, held Dec. 5. This year’s event set a new record, raising more than $170,000 for families in need at the Ronald McDonald Houses in the Denver area.
Nucla Cause & Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse
Employees of Nulca Station supported local families who are struggling financially by helping supply “Angel Baskets.” The baskets provide food, clothing, school supplies, prescription co-pays and more. Nucla Station also gave to the Montrose County Sheriff Posse’s West End Children’s Fund, which provides Christmas gifts to children of low-income households and to elderly citizens of the community.
Shop with a Cop
Escalante Station gave $1,000 to the community’s local “Shop with a Cop” program. Through the one-on-one experience, uniformed officers spend a day with underprivileged children while socializing, shopping and providing guidance during the holiday season.
Craig Food Bank
The Craig Station employees’ club organized a food drive in conjunction with the station’s annual Christmas party. This year, 245 pounds of food as well as cash donations were collected and donated to Craig’s local food bank.
Christmas Crusade for Children
Tri-State helped support Christmas Crusade for Children with a toy and clothing drive at the headquarters building in partnership with the Westminster Police Department. The purpose of Christmas Crusade for Children is to brighten the spirits of kids who would not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning, and to present law enforcement officers as positive figures in their lives.
Coats for Colorado
Tri-State’s Westminster-based employees again held a coat drive this fall supporting Coats for Colorado. In October, an entire carload of coats was unloaded at KMGH-TV, which helps spearhead the coat collection. The donations will help more than 120 area non-profits by providing winter jackets to thousands of individuals and families this season.