The Gilmore Construction team loves to build stronger communities.

To mark the 2015 Christmas season, we teamed with the JLT Praise Dance Ensemble — of which our own Executive Vice President Edweena Gilmore is a co-founder — to maximize the impact of our giving this year. Together, we donated money and gifts to local nonprofit organizations close to our hearts.

Working under the theme “A Light in the Community,” we collected countless garments for refugees helped by the Denver Rescue Mission’s The Crossing; for women and children harmed by domestic violence and helped by The Gathering Place; for the elderly helped by the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home; and for Urban Peak’s The Spot, which serves homeless youth (we sent more than 100 pairs of socks and more than 100 boxes of feminine products to this important organization). Each center received several bags of shirts, sweaters, pants, coats, boots — and some school uniforms for students in need.

Because we’re big believers in the importance of building new generations of community leaders, we invited plenty of youth to join our volunteer efforts.

“We’re passionate about teaching children how and why to give their time in service to community — and the process is always interesting,” Edweena Gilmore said with a chuckle. “There were times when the children saw items they wanted, and we talked about keeping them versus giving them to people who needed them more. In the end, all of the children exhibited the joy that comes from giving generously and loving others.”

We’ve already received thank you notes.

“I’d like to say thank you again to you and your friends for sharing the joy with us this holiday season,” wrote Melanie Durham, development assistant for The Gathering Place. “The gifts of clothing and gifts cards are a blessing.”

To see photos from our “Light in the Community” initiative — and other images of our public service — please visit our Facebook album, “Gilmore loves Community!”