When we opened December by announcing that 20 percent of all sales in the first week of the month would go to helping provide Christmas gifts for kids in need, we had no idea our community would respond the way they did. Not only did they buy a large number of subscriptions and merchandise, one subscriber actually started a GoFundMe page to raise additional funds.

Well, we wanted to show all of our amazing subscribers and customers where that money went.

We ended up raising over $3,000 for these kids, and after partnering with A Precious Child, it ended up becoming something special for a couple deserving families, as well.

After meeting APC’s founder, Carina Martin, our first order of business was to help with Christmas gifts for teens. It turns out that the vast majority of people who donate gifts, think of “kids” as small children, which is understandable. But they really needed stuff for teens!

We were given a list of the most-requested items from these families and we made sure to get two to four of every single item.

We purchased gift cards to clothing stores and Starbucks, balls for multiple sports, baseball and softball mitts, cologne, perfume, headphones, drones, Bluetooth speakers, water bottles, hats, gloves, makeup, socks, and more.

The next mission was to help a few families directly. That was something that we felt very passionate about.

With the help of Carina and her team, we were able to pick out two amazing families that certainly deserved our help, and surprise them with a $500 gift card to help them through the season. We must admit, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place after that.

The rest of the money was donated directly to A Precious Child, but our work wasn’t done. We spent the afternoon on Tuesday the 18th volunteering at their amazing facility, helping families that were entering to receive the donations they were awarded.

All in all, it was one of, if not the most rewarding experience we’ve had since we started this company and it was all thanks to the amazing support provided by our community.  Thank you so much for supporting us and allowing us to be able to help those in need in our great state.

Author

Brandon M. Spano, was born in Berlin, Germany raised in Denver, and is currently the CEO and Co-founder of BSNDenver.com.   Career: I published many pieces of content from 2005-2009 for publications such as Bleacher Report, FOX Sports, and Yardbarker. I began my radio career in 2009 and would spend the next 6 years hosting my own show and being featured on others both locally and nationally. At the height of my career, I was hosting the only live and local sports talk show in the market every weekday between 9am-Noon on FM 94.1 while hosting a weekend show on 104.3 The Fan as well.   I would consider my time doing national television on NBC a career highlight, as I was featured many times during “The Tebow year” but my biggest achievement came from the business side, behind the scenes.   When I launched BSN Denver, I had owned media or commercial inventory assets on eight different media platforms in the market including 104.3 The Fan, DenverPost.com, and FOX 31.   Most memorable sports moment: Attended the greatest Monday Night Football game of all time; Elway vs. Montana at Mile High Stadium.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: I would read Bo Jackson’s auto-biography “Bo Know’s Bo” on my way home from school. Bo Jackson was like a modern day Greek God when I was growing up so hearing about his past was akin to hearing the true-life story of Hercules.   One sports movie that I can’t live without: I love Rudy, Major League, Remember The Titans, We are Marshall, and even Brian’s Song. But I cannot live without the Rocky series. It is ingrained in me.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Every time I ever talked to Brian Dawkins it was memorable, but his retirement presser was a moment that I’ll never forget. There was about 12 of us sitting in a big circle of chairs, including him, and we just calmly and openly talked about his illustrious career in great detail.   The sport that started it all: I started playing football at age 6 and played until 18. That was my love and my obsession. I’ll never forget the 8th grade championship I won with the Green Mountain Rams. That was a tough year in my life but a great coach and a great team made it all okay.