On Friday, December 14th, the Exchange Club of Falcon visited Early Connections Learning Center on 104 East Rio Grande St. in Colorado Springs with a truck load of kid’s toys and games. The Center is located in a Historic Day Nursery, built in 1923 with a legacy from Alice Cogswell Bemis, to house the Colorado Springs Day Nursery Association. This association was founded in 1897 by fourteen visionary women to care for the children of working women. Today, with a name change, the Early Connections Learning Center is the oldest nonprofit child care organization in Colorado. They operate five full days each week, year-round, to care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers of lower income and working families.
Receiving these items was Director Karen Wiedemann, who was indeed thankful, exclaiming how the children would now have a truly merry Christmas. Their Marketing Director, Liz Denson, and all who were there responded to the infectious laugh of several “motion-activated laughing dolls!”
Chairperson of the Child Abuse Prevention Committee, Ursula Miller, delivered the gifts from “Giving Trees” located at several Falcon businesses: State Bank, Rock Solid Chiropractor, Bliss Nails, US Bank, Antlers Creek Restaurant, and a Colorado Springs restaurant, Olive Garden at Citidel Crossing, plus an individual benefactor, David Meek with Angie Atkinson, who were both present for the delivery. Ursula extends “Accolades to everyone who contributed something for children who have so little!”
On the 20th the Exchange Club will bring another load of toys to TESSA, an organization in Colorado Springs for battered women and th
eir children. TESSA gives them safety and well-being, while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence.
For questions abo
ut the Exchange Club and it’s national focus to prevent child abuse, call Jim Sebestyen, President 495-3596.