Give Thanks by Giving

courtesy Ramble on Pearl

Keep that warm Thanksgiving glow even while you shop ‘til you drop with these worthy, fun ideas.


Ramble on Pearl

Score some excellent deals on designer clothes while supporting a good cause at this cute boutique located in Boulder at 1638 Pearl Street.

Ramble on Pearl is operated by Boulder Treasures, a nonprofit that provides training and opportunities to people with cognitive disabilities. The goal is to train its employees so they can go to work at other businesses.

The fashions and deals will not disappoint. Designers give or sell their excess or last-season fashions to Ramble on Pearl. You can find Boulder-based labels Krimson Klover, SkirtSports and Sherpani Bags. Or you’ll find Toad & Co, Craghoppers and many other brands for men. And there are loads of accessories. All items are new and priced at a serious discount.

courtesy Ramble on Pearl

courtesy Ramble on Pearl

But the best part of this store is its mission and the people you’ll meet there — the store employees.

Parent company, Boulder Treasures, was founded by Andy and Connie Minden who were inspired by their daughter, Kindra. According to Andy Minden, 85 percent of people with cognitive disabilities in Colorado are unemployed. Ramble partners with Imagine Colorado to provide job training, while the employees are paid normal wages for helping shoppers.

While the goal of Ramble on Pearl is to become self-sustaining, at this stage proceeds from sales cover only half of the operating expenses.

Get Involved

Shop Ramble on Pearl soon and often. Black Friday sales have nothing on the savings and warm, fun atmosphere.

Host a private shopping party. It’s a fun ladies night out complete with wine, hors d’oeuvres and a private shopping experience. And there are perks for you and your friends. Get scheduling details here.

Donate on Colorado Gives Day. Read more about the incentives for giving on Dec. 8 below. Boulder Treasures has a goal of raising $10,000 on that day. Pre-schedule or make your donation here.

Your donations keep the apprenticeship program running.


Put a smile on a Boulder-area child’s face and warmth in their family’s heart – as well as your own. Share–A–Gift provides toys, books, and bicycles for about 1,500 children of low-income families in the area of Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District. The organization connects over 600 families to gifts for their children, birth to age 14, with community donations.

To succeed, Share–A–Gift needs thousands of new and gently-used toys, books, games, puzzles, and bikes.

courtesy Share-A-Gift

courtesy Share-A-Gift

Collection runs Nov. 30-Dec. 15 at sites around Boulder and eastern Boulder County. See collection sites here.

From Dec. 16-18, you can drop toys off at the Toy Shop, 2100 30th Street, Boulder. Please only leave toys when the Toy Shop is open during these hours:

  •  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
  •  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday

How You Can Help

Shop for a child this year or donate gently used toys.

Donate money here. This helps Share-A-Gift get needed gifts for older children.

Volunteer to help at the Toy Shop and during Gift Distribution. Get details here.

Colorado Gives Day – Dec. 8

Dec. 8 is worth a $1 million dollars to local non-profits, thanks to the ingeniously successful Colorado Gives Day now in its sixth consecutive year.  If you donate on Dec. 8 your gift is leveraged with a $1 million incentive fund created by Community First Foundation and First Bank of Colorado.

courtesy Community First Foundation

courtesy Community First Foundation

If that’s not a reason to hop online and make a donation, what is?

Maybe it’s the additional $100,000 that will be distributed to non-profits.

So Give

The more you give, the bigger the piece of incentive fund your non-profit will receive.

Schedule your donation now or jump online Dec. 8.

The Need in Boulder County is Great

Most of us in Boulder County have plenty all of the basic necessities and a whole lot more. But that’s not true for everyone. The statistics will move you to action.

Find out more 

Report shows ‘times a-changing’ rapidly in Boulder County

Feeding Boulder County





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