High Park Fire survivors invited to shop for free youth sporting goods Saturday

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The summer of 2012 has brought more than its share of sorrow to Colorado. But out of one tragedy – the shooting at the Aurora movie theater in July – comes kindness for survivors of another.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the nonprofit A Precious Child will be distributing new and gently used sports equipment to children and youth who lost everything the High Park Fire. The event will be held at Exodus Moving and Storage, 1730 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, 8 a.m.-noon or while supplies last.

The equipment was collected in collaboration with Kroenke Sports as a part of the giveSPORTS Program. The donations to help children affected by the wildfires here and across the state were the idea of aspiring sportswriter Jessica Redfield Ghawi, who died in the Aurora shooting just days after the initiative began.

The outpouring of donations in her memory has resulted in many, many items to be distributed: footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, skis, fishing poles, bikes, hockey gear, skates, sleds, goals, lacrosse sticks, hockey pucks — even new shoes.

For more information on this distribution, contact Patrick Kind, High Park Fire Community Liaison, 970-692-3172, pkind@psdschools.org. For more information on A Precious Child, go to www.apreciouschild.org or call 303-466-4272.