A Different Kind of Recipe

Here at Project Angel Heart, we’re devoted to creating great recipes. You know the ones- where the perfect ingredients go together in just the right way to create something that tastes good and is good for the body. Where that forkful is just so satisfying… and you want more!

We’ve lucked into just such a recipe, where the right combination of ingredients has created something most satisfying– though, instead of being food, this time it’s a partnership.

Garden Ranch YMCA won the contest for the most festive cereal donation box!

Three years ago, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Leadership Pikes Peak partnered with Project Angel Heart to create a healthy cereal campaign in Colorado Springs. Each February, they collect cereal for Project Angel Heart clients at every YMCA location. With this year’s third-annual cereal drive, they will engage community members in donating more than 1,000 boxes of healthy cereal that will be delivered to neighbors who benefit from the boost of breakfast in addition to their weekly delivery of nutritious meals.

“Colorado Springs is a city that cares and is strengthened when individuals and organizations come together to help others,” says Jeff Peterson, Sr. VP/COO YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region “The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region understands and values the importance in partnering so that we can collectively provide more. The Y is proud to extend the gift of giving to our staff and members by partnering with Project Angel Heart for a third year.”

Peterson was part of the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program’s team that created the first cereal drive project in 2016, and since then, he and his YMCA team members have been unwavering in their commitment to continue the campaign. Peterson is quick to invite folks to join the Y in supporting others by donating healthy cereal for Project Angel Heart clients.

In addition to the cereal drive, this partnership has given us the opportunity to connect people and leaders in our community with our mission. YMCA and Leadership Pikes Peak members have stayed engaged by volunteering to deliver meals, decorating meal delivery bags to provide a cheery greeting to clients, and serving on our Colorado Spring Regional Council.

This recipe for a healthy cereal campaign combines the passionate leaders and expert action of two leading Colorado Springs organizations. We’re grateful for this partnership that supports vulnerable neighbors in our community- a satisfying blend of just-right ingredients!

All YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region locations are collecting healthy cereal through the end of February. Learn more and donate »


Sally Rothstein joined Project Angel Heart in October 2015 as the Colorado Springs regional manager. As a long-time and engaged resident of Colorado Springs, she is passionate about the health and well-being of her community and the people who create it. Hiking and cycling the beauty of Colorado, traveling to distant lands, and co-leading the Pikes Peak Threshold Singers are some of Sally’s other favorite interests.

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