The Open Hands Alliance is a small and informal organization making a difference in our community for families and youth during the holidays. We are not a non profit organization, we have no interest in jumping through hoops in order to give back our community. Of course we want to improve our event and grow in size and gift wrap the world, but as it stands, we like this just fine.
2017 event wrap up
For our 3rd year, Open Hands Alliance, with your help provided wrapped gifts and gift cards totaling an estimated $3,200. More info to come.
2016 event wrap up
On year 2, Open Hands Alliance, with your help provided wrapped gifts and gift cards totaling an estimated $5,649. Those donations were dispersed to these groups and for the estimated listed amounts.
$3,349 Partners in Housing
$2,300 Urban Peak
Great job, everybody!
2015 event wrap up
2015 was our inaugural year and we provided over 400 thoughtfully wrapped gifts and gift cards to Partners in Housing.
As a mother to 3 amazing children, family always comes first to Stacey. She along with her husband Brandon, love the great outdoors, and their hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, cycling and anything that puts them outside. Coming from a large family, Stacey understands the struggles at Christmas. As a child, there wasn’t much to go around, but holidays meant the world to her and her siblings. The feeling of giving something from the heart still resonates today, as Stacey has a soft spot for children of all ages all year long. If time and energy permitted, Stacey would provide gifts for every child in town and would grow the organization into a full time operation. And who knows, she might be the one to do just that.
Tanya Jeffrey is a 38 year old mother, artist, designer and activist, and she enjoys translating all if those roles into her work. Tanya’s passion for non profit and community focused organizations are at the heart of her work allowing her opportunities to contribute at a grass roots level.
As a small child, Tanya spent Christmas in a homeless shelter and knows all too well what these gifts mean. “Our gift drive and wrapping party is a feel-good event, until its time to deliver the presents. It’s pretty heartbreaking being exposed to the needs of the community, the feel-good emotions quickly dissolve leaving you with the need to do more. It’s painful and hurts and drives us to do it all again.”
Lori’s advocacy for the underprivileged began as a small child with a love for animals. With a veterinarian assisting certification from Pima Medical Institute, Lori’s kindness extends past kiddos, as she has taken home her share of rescue dogs (and probably your share too.) Also an outdoors enthusiast, Lori and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring Colorado’s vibrant landscape. In August of 2016, she and her husband Jim were married (check out the lovely bride above) and they now trek down the pathway to happily ever after. During their free time (and sometimes, not free time) they focus on strengthening their family connection, specifically with their 3 kids, Carmen, Coda & Kore. Being a mom has become Lori’s driving force, as well as the inspiration behind her philanthropy. “I feel like no young person should feel left out, forgotten or without, especially during the holidays.”