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Feed My Sheep gives gifts to homeless

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Nate Hassell, 8, left, wraps a gift with help from Ellie McCoy, 8, as, from center, Megan McCoy, 6, Erin Hassell, 6, Zach Johnson, 8, and Casey Johnson wrap other presents at Feed My Sheep ministry in Glenwood Friday. The presents will be given to the homeless who come to the ministry on Christmas Day. (Kara K. Pearson/Post Independent)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Christmas isn’t about gifts. But it’s hard to sell the idea of “giving” with­out them.

It’s the giving that Karolyn Spencer, director of Feed My Sheep Ministries in Glenwood Springs, enjoys.

She gives and helps homeless peo­ple in the Roaring Fork Valley all year long, but ’tis the holiday season that fits her giving ways best.

“Oh, it’s my favorite time of year,” Spencer said through a vibrant smile. “It’s great. It’s fun to be with them and watch them open their gifts.”

Spencer, with the help of local community members, is providing about 30 individuals through Feed My Sheep with gifts such as socks, long underwear, work or snow boots, gloves and even a radio ” gifts in high demand for people without a home, gifts that provide a sense of belonging.

The money for the gifts came from donations made by local families. Alyssa McCoy and Jeanne Johnson helped to raise the money for the boots.

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“Everyone wants to help, but does­n’t know what to do a lot of the time,” McCoy said. “But boots we can do.”

McCoy and Johnson collaborated, and together they asked for dona­tions from other friends they knew through being parents of students at Sopris Elementary School in Glen­wood Springs.

Johnson said that through a few hours of phone calls one day the two had raised enough money to supply nearly 30 pairs of boots. That made Spencer happy.

“The boots are the really big item this year,” Spencer said.

Along with gifts, a meal will fill the bellies of the homeless through the program’s annual Christmas feast, which Spencer started along with the gift-giving effort about four years ago. It’s a meal as elaborate as Spencer’s generosity, and it’s the perfect way for those without homes to enjoy the holidays. A holiday with a makeshift family.