Founder of firefighter calendar to raise money for Children's Hospital sentenced for theft

Kirsten Hamling gets 90 days in jail

DENVER - The woman accused of taking more than $200,000 from a charity she had started to help kids at Children's Hospital Colorado will spend 90 days in jail with work release, 10 years of probation and restitution of $250,412.22.

Kirsten Hamling, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft. In exchange for her guilty plea, the other charges against her were dismissed. 

Hamling created the nonprofit group "Fired Up For Kids" in 2004 to raise money for the burn unit at Children's Hospital Colorado by selling calendars with pictures of firefighters.

Prosecutors alleged that beginning in 2005, Hamling used money from the nonprofit for her own personal use, including personal airline tickets, hair salon charges, car repairs and her children's private school tuition. 

Hamling resigned from Fired Up For Kids in September 2011.

A new group, called Colorado Firefighter Calendar Inc., told 7NEWS they revived the calendar project with proceeds going to children’'s fire safety.