Dartanyon Spreading Cheer in Colorado

Posted on December 24, 2013.

Hello my Carry On Family!  The past month has been a great one. Toward the end of November, I organized a clothing drive to help keep the homeless warm this winter in Colorado Springs.  I shared my idea with the Olympic Training Center folks and with a few other friends. The response was way better than I had hoped.  I asked for clothing such as jackets, coats, scarves, hats and gloves.  I collected clothes for nearly two weeks.  Then we needed a place to go with them. With the help of my tutor, Candace, we found a perfect place downtown.  It is called the Marian House, and it’s a soup kitchen. But we didn’t just go and drop off our trunkloads of clothes and go.  Instead, we personally handed these items out to the people there in need.  We set up a table, matched people with the proper sizes, allowed them to choose what they wanted and in the process, got to know a lot of their personal stories.  I certainly could connect with them having been homeless myself, and it was an amazing feeling to know that my past could be used for good.  The feeling that I had seeing the faces of joy on their faces was indescribable.  Just for something simple to help keep them a little warmer and letting them know someone was thinking of them.  Now I need to figure out how to do more.  And I will.

I have also decided to spend Christmas here in Colorado for the first time.  I have done a lot of traveling this year and am a bit tired.  Looking forward to staying grounded for a while.  I will be spending Christmas Day with a friend of mine, named Emily. She is a native of Colorado, and she has graciously extended an invitation for me to spend Christmas with her and her family.  The day after Christmas, I will be going up to Winter Park, Colorado with Leroy to visit our Uncle Bob and Aunt Paige.  We met them four years ago after they saw our first ESPN feature and reached out to help us.  They have been part of a circle of people who have shown us enormous support and love over these last four years.

My shoulder is feeling 100% better, so I am hoping last month’s PRP injection did the trick.  Looking forward to competing again next spring.  And I finished my semester with Bs in my English and Public Speaking classes.  Best grades yet and it feels great.

Merry Christmas to you all!

One Response to “Dartanyon Spreading Cheer in Colorado”

  1. Leon Ransom says:

    Dartanyon I am extremely proud of you. You are an inspiration to all people. I can not tell you how impressed I am with you and what you have accomplished. God loves you for who you are. Your compassion is a tribute to the man you have become. I am in awe of you and what you have done with your life. I pray that you touch all of God’s children and continue to be one who leads by example. Continue to grow and never forget that “but for the grace of God” those who benefit from your goodness could include yourself. I’d like to leave you with this…. GRACE = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
    Carry on child of God.

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