Store donates $5,000 in ornaments after theft at shelter house

Plenty of businesses and individuals have stepped forward to donate items on the heels of a recent theft at Latimer House.

In April, 100 pairs of high-heel shoes were stolen from a storage unit the agency had been using. Also taken in the heist were Christmas presents and decorations for women who stay at the domestic violence shelter.

The assortment of large-sized stilettos and heels was the cornerstone for the nonprofit group’s annual Men in Heels relay race, the group’s best fundraiser.

Since news circulated about the thefts, Latimer House has received a number of contributions, according to Michael Green, marketing and communications manager at Hilltop, which operates Latimer House.

“The reaction has been amazing,” Green said. “There’s been a lot of outrage — to steal something that is meant to do so much good is ridiculous.”

One of the largest contributions since the thefts has been from Ace Hardware in Clifton, 569 32 Road, Green said. The store has donated more than $5,000 in Christmas decorations that Latimer House will use this December.

“This is so important for those people who come to Latimer House during the holidays because they are in crisis,” fundraising coordinator Jennifer Allen said in a press release. “We can give them the opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a safe, secure and home-like environment.”

Latimer House has been able to replace some of the stolen shoes, thanks to a donation drive by some local radio stations, Green said.

Latimer House plans to sponsor its Men in Heels Race in Grand Junction on Sept. 19, the last day of the Downtown Farmers’ Market.

“At this point, the best thing people can do is come out and support their favorite team,” he said.


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