9/8/12: Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive

On Saturday I had the pleasure of covering the Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive, which started at the Pepsi Center.

As many of you probably know, Jessica Redfield Ghawi was one of the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting; she was an avid sports fan and journalist passionate about service. She had a vision for collecting donated hockey equipment to distribute to victims of the 2012 Colorado wildfires, but her aspirations were tragically cut short on July 20, 2012. Her family decided to realize her dream, and worked with Kroenke Sports to expand the project to accept donations of all types of lightly used or new sports equipment, which A Precious Child (a local non-profit organization) is to distribute to fire victims in the next several weeks. The donation drive was a spectacular success, with nearly the entire trailer full of donated items of all sorts. Abundant media was present to cover the event, which was also attended by several Denver Nuggets and Avalanche players, who stepped in to lend a helping hand. Once the truck was loaded at the Pepsi Center, it proceeded to A Precious Child’s office in Westminster where scores of children, firefighters, and adults alike were present to offload the truck into their storage facility.