Shopping spree for at-risk kids

Published: Dec. 7, 2019 at 10:41 AM MST
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Mesa County Partners is a local program devoted to matching at-risk young people to mentors in the community.

This morning, they got up bright and early for a special shopping spree at Kohl’s. Rocky Mountain Cummins donated $3,000 for 30 kids to shop for winter clothes. For many of the kids, their mentors helped them learn to differentiate between wants and needs.

“A lot of people think back to when they were growing up and they had a coach that had a big impact on them or a scout leader or something like that… These kids don’t necessarily have that in their lives,” says Blake Ammon program manager of the mentoring program at Partners.

“It’s just a great day. It’s fun. It’s always a little awkward at first when you’re just getting to know a kid, but by the time you're done shopping for twenty or thirty minutes you've actually built a friendship,” says volunteer Jeff Fury with Rocky Mountain Cummins.

Partners is always looking for more mentors to get involved, they have a waitlist of over a hundred kids. You can call Mesa County Partners at (970) 245-5555 for more information.

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