According to Jeff Bezos' Twitter page, Dolly Parton was awarded $100 million as the recipient of Jeff Bezos' 2022 Courage and Civility Award. The donations given to Dolly will be passed on to organizations of her choice. I'm sure Dolly has many charities to choose from these days.

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But for us here in Montrose, Colorado, we have some incredible year-round charities, and I know this season will be a challenge, especially when it comes to giving. If you have a few extra bucks to share this Christmas, here are a few great local charities that could use your help this holiday season...

Shepherd's Hand

505 South 2nd St. Montrose, Colorado

The Shepherd’s Hand is a Colorado 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families in the Montrose community. Their goal is to provide a safe and friendly gathering place for delivering needed services to help make each day better.

Haven Foster

16 South Uncompahgre
Montrose, Co 81401

Haven Foster provides Bags (Backpacks) to children going into a foster placement.  These bags are filled with new comfort items that are given to children (ages 0-18) as they go into a foster placement.

Mrs. Claus for a Cause

Phone: (800) 231-0609
Address: P.O. Box 3363, Montrose, CO 81402

Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club

1869 E Main St · (970) 615-0084

These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.

Partners of Delta, Montrose

315 South 7th Street Montrose
Montrose Phone: (970) 874-4661
Delta Phone:(970) 249-1116
Ouray Phone: (970) 901- 6488
Partners of Delta, Montrose, and Ouray is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building one-to-one mentoring partnerships between young people and responsible, caring adults.

Grand Junction Christmas Light Displays of the 1940s

These decorations don't compare to the magnificent blue light display you'll see in the neighborhood in the northwest part of town. It was a different time. Even at that, there's something heartwarming about these 1948 decorations.

These are the best of the best of 1948. I regret I don't know which house placed first, second, etc. In the end, it doesn't matter. They're all great. Take a look at the gallery. Who knows? You might see a house you recognize. For that matter, you might see someone you recognize.

The Grand Valley's Best Holiday Light Displays for 2021

Take a look at some of the Grand Valley's best holiday lights displays below. Think your house is one of the best decorated in the neighborhood? Send it to us and you could win $500.

Light Up the Grand Valley 2020 Entrants: All the Light Up the Grand Valley Entries for 2020

During the 2020 holiday season, we asked our audience to show us their Christmas decorations. We received some great photos from the area's best-decorated houses.

The first photo in the gallery was our 2020 winner, who received $500. We're running the contest again this year, so stay tuned for more details.

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