On Saturday, December 20th, 2014, a toy drive for Microtia and Atresia kids of Colorado was made possible by Jeramiah Penaflor, Zach Gulley, Robert Brehm, Brian Caldwell, Dina Voiselle, and Gary and Dawn Penaflor for the Ear Community Organization. Santa, played by Zach Gulley – Managing Parnter for the Bert and the Beard radio station, put some pretty big smiles on 22 children on Saturday, all ranging in ages from 15 months to 16 years during his visit in Broomfield, Colorado at the Broomfield Community Center. Families mingled while listening to Christmas music as they enjoyed eating home made cookies (baked by Dawn Penaflor) with drinks. “It was especially fun to see Santa throwing the football around with some of the children, the smiles on their faces and the laughter was something really special to see that day,” said Melissa Tumblin, Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community. The children each received Christmas gifts from Santa that included basketballs, Lego sets, board games, necklace and bead kits, toy cars and fire trucks, block sets, and large stuffed animals just to name a few. In fact, these lucky children all received multiple gifts from Santa and really enjoyed spending the day with him and each other! Families had a great time watching their children play with each other and their new toys.
Jeramiah Penaflor, Founder and Managing Partner for Mile High Salute, Rock Talk, Nuggets Gold Post, the Burgandy and Blue Crew, and Broncos Design, wanted to give back to a charity during the holiday season this year. Jeramiah contacted Melissa Tumblin asking if he and his colleagues could host a toy drive for the Ear Community Organization and help put some smiles on Microtia and Atresia kids faces. “It was a pleasant surprise to receive such a wonderful message from Jeramiah about hosting a toy drive for these children,” said Melissa Tumblin. Jeramiah said, “this is something that he and his colleagues wanted to do, to give back to a charity during this time of year and make it fun for children.” Jeramiah’s daughter, Evelyn, was born with Microtia and Atresia and he knew that Ear Community would be the perfect organization for such a special event.
Robert Brehm, also Founder and Managing Partner for Mile High Salute, Rock Talk, Nuggets Gold Post, the Burgandy and Blue Crew, and Broncos Design, including the Bert and the Beard radio station, along with his family, made sure these lucky kids had plenty of presents from Santa. Between setting up toy drive bins around the North Metro Denver area and personally shopping at Walmart for Santa’s presents, Robert and his family, in addition to Jeramiah Penaflor, Zach Gulley, Robert Brehm, Brian Caldwell, Dina Voiselle, Gary and Dawn Penaflor, along with Brian Caldwell (Founding Partner and Manager of Broncos Design), made this all possible for these kids and did an amazing job working together, making sure everything went off without a hitch. They even got together to wrap all of the children’s presents the morning before our event so everything would be complete. “Our day with Santa was honestly a perfectly fun and rewarding day,” said Melissa Tumblin. “Seeing how hard Dina Voiselle, Jeramiah, Zach, Robert, Brian, Dawn and Gary worked to make this day possible brings joy to my heart…knowing how much they all wanted to do this for these children and how much they wanted to give back to the community through the Ear Community Organization warms my heart,” says Melissa.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our special day possible with Santa! A special thank you to Jeramiah Penaflor for not only choosing Ear Community as a charity to give back to this holiday season, but for also doing this for his daughter, Evelyn, and so many other children like her who are in the same situation. Jeramiah, I hope Evelyn is proud of her daddy and knows what all you do for her and children in Colorado. I hope Jeramiah and Santa’s team feel rewarded this holiday season for all that you have done for Ear Community’s children and their families. Thank you also to the Broomfield Community Center for donating our beautifully decorated room so we could have a nice place to share these wonderful memories together with Santa! Thank you everyone!
Here are the links to the amazing organizations that Jeramiah, Zach, Robert, and Brian head up:
All of us at Ear Community would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an even Happier New Year!
Thank you for such a wonderful year,
Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community
Ear Community Board Members