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Titans lending a helping hand during the holidays

Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Contributed photoKatey Gasaway, Amber Bowles, Mariela Martinez and Britni Allen are among the Coal Ridge girls basketball players who have been setting up Angel Trees at various locations around the community.

Coal Ridge High School’s girls basketball players have been busy with more than just their work on the court.

The Titans have also been working with the Angel Tree Project and are holding a canned food drive during this Friday night’s game against visiting Roaring Fork. Those who attend the game can bring in a can (or cans) of food. For each can they bring, they’ll receive $2 off the entrance fee.

“As a basketball staff, we are trying to develop the players’ leadership skills as well as have them create a deeper connection with the community that supports them,” Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. “We feel that it is important for them to understand that they are a part of something bigger than themselves and that they need to give back.”

As part of the Titans’ effort with the Angel Tree Project, Coal Ridge’s girls are working with New Castle’s River Center by helping to set up the tree. They also pick up, organize, sort and wrap gifts.

Through Angel Tree, community members from Parachute to Carbondale purchase and donate gifts for local youth in need.

For more information on River Center and Angel Tree, visit rivercenternewcastle.org.

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