Courtesy 9News – KUSA May 12th 2020

On April 30th The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a 5.5 million dollar cash donation to be provided to a number of key relief agencies in the US including The Salvation Army.

A small part of that donation was manifest this Tuesday in Aurora where 3000 Coloradan families received a box of food to feed a family of 4 for a week.

From KUSA – NBC – 9News:

The entire event came together in about two weeks. With donated funds The Salvation Army placed an order for the groceries from Safeway Grocery stores who provided this much needed food at a steep discount.

From May 7th-9th volunteers, including full-time missionaries and members of The Church dressed in the signature yellow “helping hands” shirts helped to pack and prepare the 3000 boxes of food.

At 9am the “gates” were opened on Tuesday May 12th to a line of over 100 waiting vehicles. Each car was directed down one of 6 lanes where volunteers placed a box of food, a gallon of milk, and 1 dozen eggs into the vehicle; no questions asked.

Prior to this event, The Salvation Army had already done much good during this COVID19 pandemic. Thousands of boxes of food had already been distributed by The Salvation Army Intermountain Division but the community’s need isn’t going away.

Support and cash donations from local organizations such as this most recent collaboration with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help The Salvation Army to continue to do what they do best.

By 2:45pm all 3000 boxes of food had been distributed to those in need.

The distribution event was held at the Town Center at Aurora Mall. The mall graciously provided the greater parts of the parking lots for this event.

The event was attended by many leaders from the various participating organizations including Elder Balli, newly called as an Area Seventy in April 2020.

Elder Balli along side Mayor Coffman of Aurora, CO
Salvation Army Major Mike Dickinson shows Elder Balli and President Savage (Denver North Mission) what is packed into the food boxes being distributed

Live from Aurora

Posted by Church of Jesus Christ Colorado on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In addition to the news story on 9News | KUSA above, the event was also generously promoted and covered by Fox31 | KDVR.

and by CBS7 | KMGH:

and by Telemundo Denver:


Each week the staff at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Colorado highlight one of their own. These weekly posts introduce someone on base by giving a short bio. This last week we saw a familiar face on the Facebook Page…

Here is the post that was shared by the Base:

For this week’s #MeetTeamBuckley we are highlighting Staff Sgt. Vance R. Boyer, 460th Security Forces Squadron. Boyer was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He went to middle school and high school in the small town of Firth, Idaho. He worked on, you guessed it, a potato farm. “Spud harvest” is how most of the high schoolers in the area make their money.

After high school, and a brief stint in college, Boyer decided to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he was called to serve in what is called the Argentina, Neuquen Mission, which covered most of the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. There, he became fluent in the Spanish language by talking to people all day every day. “I absolutely loved my mission, and being a missionary! It was one of the highlights of my life,” said Boyer. When he returned from his mission, Boyer continued to attend Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he studied Recreation Leadership. In one of his classes he met his now wife, Lauren. They married before he graduated with his B.S. in 2013. He knew joining the military would be a great way to start a family. He became a Security Forces specialist and moved to Buckley AFB as his first duty station in October of 2014. After less than a year at Buckley, he deployed to Saudi Arabia.

From the beginning of his time at Buckley, Boyer has been known as “Smiley” by many people who see his cheerful face at the gate. He has certainly helped establish a positive image of policing on Buckley AFB. He was hand selected to work at the Buckley Visitor Center for the past year because it allowed him to interact face-to-face with the public. Boyer completed Airman Leadership School in November 2017, earning the prestigious John L. Levitow Award. He and his wife have been married nearly 6 years and have two beautiful daughters.

“I really love my job and I love the Air Force; it has been great for me and my family. I hope to project a positive image of the Air Force, for Security Forces, and of law enforcement in general,” said Boyer.

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