Fruit Baskets and Electric Orchestras Equal Christmas at VOA

The holidays to me mean a time to celebrate with family and share the love for one another in a special way.  The holidays also means a very busy time, as getting together with all the family and friends is a whirlwind, especially when you add in children into the mix.  It is so important to celebrate and share with as many people as possible and I have the wonderful opportunity to do that personally and professionally.

In my professional career, I have chosen a path that lends a hand to those that are most vulnerable in the community.  One of my favorite events, not because it is easy to organize, but because it gives a little holiday cheer to seniors in the community, is Basket of Joy.  This year is the 26th year of the event and my 4th year of being very involved in the event.  For the past 26 years, every year, more than 5,000 seniors in the community receive a basket of fruit and candy that is delivered by over 1,000 volunteers.  This event is done in one day, meaning for 24 hours straight work is being done to put a smile on a seniors face for the holidays.  There are so many seniors in the community that are homebound and have no family in their lives for one reason or another. Volunteers of America partners with so many wonderful folks in the community to make this event happen and for the love that surrounds the holidays to be shared with a senior.

This year, like every year, we partnered with The Denver Post, Albertsons and Denver Mattress. A new “partner” this year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This group has generously offered a portion of their sales of Denver concerts to Basket of Joy! You can help by purchasing a ticket and bringing your family to enjoy their amazing performance of “The Lost Christmas Eve.”

Another way you can help is to volunteer. My invitation to you is to come and see the magnitude and reach of the Basket of Joy for 2013. It is going to be the best one yet!  Come bring a smile to a seniors face for the holiday season. Sign up at

– Amanda Gregg, Manager, Volunteer Services