Families who lost everything in the flood are given the gift of a green Christmas

WELD COUNTY, Colo. - Volunteers delivered Christmas trees to 350 northern Colorado families in need this holiday season, including 50 families impacted by the floods.

Jaime King and her family lost their LaSalle home and everything in September's floods. Since then, the family has tried to slowly recover but replacing all their belongings and memories has been a struggle.

"It’s been very challenging trying to rebuild from nothing," Jaime said. "It’s kind of nice to know somebody cares if you have a good holiday season."

While looking for help this holiday season, King found the group 'NOCO Shares' and reached out to them. Every December, the group hosts a program called 'Gift of a Green Christmas.' They chop down trees at Pingree Park in Poudre Canyon and then deliver them to families in need. This year, the Kings were one of those families.

"For us it’s a blessing to get to have a tree and something to put on a tree, otherwise it wasn’t going to happen," Jaime said.

Ryan Behm is the founder of NOCO Shares, and has been delivering trees to homes the last 11 years. He also brings them tree stands, ornaments and even lights.

"I want families to have the same opportunities that I had growing up and those memories of decorating the Christmas tree," Behm said. "Providing some memories that can’t be taken away by fire or a flood."

This year 50 of the 350 families they helped were impacted by the floods. Some of the others were still struggling to rebuild after the High Park fire.

"It’s all about one tree, one family at a time," Behm said.

For Jaime and her daughters the gesture is more than just an evergreen to have in their living room.

"It’s a sign of hope," said Jaime's daughter Samantha. "[Hope] That we will have a good year in this new house. It’s not the same but it’s a sign of a good start."

NOCO Shares is always looking for volunteers. For more information go to, www.nocoshares.org or www.facebook.com/NOCOShares.


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