For 18 years the NightLight Christmas tree has towered over the corner of Mulberry Street and College Avenue. It is a landmark of the season that residents of Fort Collins are used to seeing every year around this time of the year, but the season isn’t the only thing that makes this tree special.
This 50-foot-high tree is lit blue to signify child abuse prevention and awareness. The color is internationally recognized as a symbol for helping children, and Realities for Children have been using this tree to spread the spirit of charity all over Larimer County. People and businesses can sponsor any one of the 30,000 blue lights on the tree to help children who have been abused or neglected.
Every year on December 1st, the Realities hosts a free community event to share the holiday spirit and light the tree. Over 1,000 people attend the event every year, and last year over $140,000 was raised to help abused and neglected children.
The lawyers at Metier Law Firm have helped Realities for Children for a long time now, and this year the law firm was honored to be recognized as the 2015 Champion for Children. Our firm is honored by this recognition, but the real prize is helping the children of Larimer County. The Metier Law Firm also helps out by supporting other charities like the Children’s Hospital Toy Run, Bikes for Tykes, and Realities Ride.
For more information about helping our community keep following, our blog, Twitter and Facebook. You can also visit the Realities for Children website to discover ways that you can help abused and neglected children in our community.