Help the local refugee community and have a good time, too.
There is a refugee crisis in the world today. It is almost overwhelming, but as a citizen in our small community of Draper, it can feel like a daunting task to be able to help in tangible way. In the past year, the LDS church has specifically asked its members to find ways of helping. Linda Burton implored members to, “prayerfully determine what you can do according to your own time and circumstances” for refugees. On December 3rd, Draper residents will have the perfect opportunity to help refugees in our community in a meaningful way.
Arvo Watches and Godfrey Entertainment will be co-presenters for the 5th annual “Christmas 4 the Kids” (C4TK) gala event at the newly restored Dream Factory on Pioneer Road. Here is a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and to also check out the newly restored school that will soon be a centerpiece of the community.
Aaron Neuenschwander, co-founder of C4TK and Arvo, a local watch company, began this event 5 years ago with a group of his friends when he lived in downtown SLC. They wanted to have a Christmas party together, but also raise money for a local charity. It was just a matter of finding the right one. That is one of Neuenschawander’s friends recommended “Because He First Loved Us” (BHFLU). BHFLU relies on volunteers to tutor over 70 refugee children each week. These volunteers pick children up from their homes and then transport them to Discovery Christian Community Church in Murray where they tutor the children in math, science, and reading. In addition to tutoring, BHFLU strives to get the children involved in art and sports, thereby giving the children positive ways to express themselves. This charity does an excellent job of helping refugees feel a part of the community while also encouraging them to retain and honor their own cultural heritage.
“We never imagined what C4TK would turn in to when it started 5 years ago,” said Neuenschwander, “We just knew we wanted to do something to give back to the community and celebrate the many things in life that we often take for granted. Christmas is a great time to find ways to serve those in need. My friends and I serve by raising money and then allowing a respected non-profit to leverage those funds in order to make the biggest impact.”
This will be the first time “Christmas 4 the Kids” will be held in Draper and it will be a family party that you will not want to miss. The National Parks will headline the event, the latest up and coming band from Provo, who is quickly following in the footsteps of Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. In addition to other musical acts, there will be breakdancers, face painting, balloon animals, photo opportunities with Santa, and much more. Food will be generously donated from local companies like Sweet Tooth Fairy, Chick-Fil-A, and Costa Vida.
Many local companies have also donated items for a silent auction and a raffle, making it the perfect time to get a head start on Christmas shopping, with money going to a worthy cause. C4TK knows how to throw a party and the good news is that you are all invited!
Tickets are $10, or $20 for families.
Please visit “Christmas 4 the Kids” on Facebook for the latest updates.