NightLights has raised over $100,000 for local youth who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk!
NightLights are beacons of hope to local children living in the darkness of abuse. When you sponsor one of the 30,000 lights on the NightLights Tree you are showing a child living in a state of crisis that this community cares about them and will not allow them to suffer alone. 100% of your NightLights donation directly provides for these vulnerable children…because no child should be forgotten.
NightLights is more than a fundraising campaign, it is a celebration that brings people from around our community together over the holiday season to help brighten the lives of abused and neglected children in need. Businesses, individuals, groups, and families can sponsor a light on the 50′ tall NightLights Tree for just $100. This is a tax deductible donation that is used in it’s entirety, through the Realities For Children Emergency Fund, to provide for the unmet needs of Larimer County children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk.
Nightlights will benefit over 1500 children during the month of December alone
and will continue to provide Emergency Services, Agency Support and Youth Activities
for abused and at-risk children throughout the New Year.
Every year on December 1st, at 6pm, we light up the night for local children living in the darkness of abuse by lighting the 50-foot tall one-of-a-kind Nightlights Tree at First Prebyterian Church in Fort Collins. This tree lighting ceremony serves as a kick-off party to the holiday season and unites our community in a common goal- to provide for the unmet needs of local children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk here in Larimer County.
Representatives from all 19 of our Affiliate Youth Agencies are always available to greet you and answer questions, provide information and help you understand the nature of the need in our community. Qdoba Mexican Grill provides steaming hot tortilla soup and tasty holiday treats are provided by community donors. Delicious cocoa and cider is served piping from the Salvation Army Canteen and the church provides respite from the cold during their gallery of Nativity Scenes. The infamous 33 pound Chocolate Santa from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory always makes his annual appearance on this night AND is given to one lucky child during our annual Chocolate Santa raffle. Live music and entertainment is always provided! This event has featured performers such as Wendy Woo, Forte 201, Amber Baack, Keaton Nalezkny and the Centennial Children’s Chorus. All of this, as we count down to the lighting of the NightLights Tree, featuring an ALL NEW display of 30,000 lights synchronized to favorite holiday music.