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Dressed in red and bearing gifts

It ain’t Santa … it’s the Republicans

By Leigh E. Rich

Nope, it wasn’t Santa Claus but State Reps. Joe Stengel, R-Littleton, and Debbie Stafford, R-Aurora, who donned new caps—stocking caps, that is—this holiday season.

Last weekend, incoming Minority Leader Stengel joined with other House Republicans for a Christmas party at the Interfaith Task Force, which provides food, clothing, gas vouchers, bus tokens and assistance with rent, utilities and transitional housing for Coloradans in need.

During the holidays, the Englewood-based organization also disseminates toys to disadvantaged children who might not otherwise enjoy the reciprocity of the season.

State GOP reps came bearing gifts—small, unwrapped toys—along with some seasonal cheer.

“Many of the people who attended the party brought a gift,” Stengel said. “It’s so important as we celebrate the holidays with our friends and family that we also take the time to make it easier for others to celebrate.

“Even the smallest gesture can make a world of difference to a child.”

And no one knows that better than Stafford, who co-hosted the Adoption Awareness Roundup the weekend before.

The event at The Destiny Ranch in Franktown, in recognition of the state’s foster care and adoptive systems, featured fun and games for children of all ages.

Families in attendance received a Christmas tree, and those in need were gifted with a Christmas turkey and presents for the kids. All enjoyed hayrides, ice skating, carnival games and music à la a live band.

In addition, adoption teams were on hand to answer questions and assist with applications.

Rich, L. E. (2004, December 24). Dressed in red and bearing gifts: It ain’t Santa … it’s the Republicans. The Colorado Statesman.

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