JFS Perspectives

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Donor Spotlight: Stacey Garrett

Donor Spotlight: Stacey Garrett

There are so many ways you can give to Jewish Family Service! One easy way is to donate through Colorado Gives Day. We spoke with Stacey Garrett, a CPA who has supported JFS in this way since 2011 to find out why she chose this method of giving. 

Family Matters (FM): Why did you choose to start supporting JFS through Colorado Gives Day?

Stacey Garrett (SG): I am very familiar with the organization that runs Colorado Gives Day, and how the program is run. This day is like a national holiday where everyone is almost forced to stop in their tracks for a moment to think about something bigger than themselves. I wanted to be a part of such a worthwhile event, and also felt it was a great opportunity to involve my children. We sit at the table together every year to make our charity selections together. JFS is an organization that I like to support, and Colorado Gives Day is a convenient way to make that happen. It is almost like “one-stop shopping” for giving. You add the charities to your cart, and then check out in one fell swoop.

FM: This year you increased your support to JFS by donating books for Lunchbox Express and gave money to our Holocaust appeal. Tell us more about why you chose to support those programs.

SG: I was moved by these programs. Regarding Lunchbox Express, I am an avid reader, and therefore firmly grasp the importance of books and literacy. The love of reading starts from an early age, and I feel strongly about all children having access to books. It might take only one book to open a child’s eyes and set them on a new course. Concerning the Holocaust program, I was moved by the need to care for survivors. They survived atrocities that are beyond our comprehension, and yet went on to lead productive lives and contribute to society. Now they are in need of care, and I want to contribute back. I am also Jewish, and therefore constantly aware that I am very fortunate to be born in a time and place where my family and I feel safe and secure. I don’t ever want to take this for granted by forgetting the survivors or failing to educate the public about what members of even a civilized society are capable of.

FM: Why should others support JFS on Colorado Gives Day?

SG: JFS has so many worthwhile programs, and they don’t just benefit the Jewish community. When I dropped off books for Lunchbox Express, I saw some individuals lining up for the food pantry. One of them was a Muslim woman, which sent a message to any observer that this organization is willing to help people of all backgrounds, and not just Jews. There is both a Jewish focus that connects me to my heritage, and a broader community focus that shows we care about the need to help everyone around us. I am reminded of the concept of Tikkun Olam, or reparation of the world, where we try to make our community and the world a better place. Jewish or not, everyone should be able to get behind that. Denver is fortunate to have an organization that cares about so many of its citizens.