By Rochelle Smolinski
For the Courier
Friday’s rainy, chilly afternoon gave way to a warm gesture of compassion, as the Front Range Christian School community presented more than $2,600 in bake-sale proceeds to the Lyons High Lions.
Lyons, one of the towns hit hardest by September’s floods, saw roads swallowed and families displaced, leaving the community to pick up and start over amid the chaos of destruction.
But not alone.
Dayna Jung, an FRCS parent, saw Lyons struggling to bounce back from the devastation and wondered what she could do to help the displaced families. Friday’s football game between the schools provided that opportunity.
“I just had to do something,” said Jung, who works as a flight attendant. “I was talking to my mother, and she knows I like to bake, so she suggested holding a bake sale.”
With 10 days remaining before the game, Jung capitalized on that love for baking and organized a bake-sale fund-raiser that mobilized the school community and the surrounding neighborhood.
FRCS moms and neighbors of the school created fliers. The school’s football players distributed them. And more than 50 volunteers put their culinary talents to charitable use.
Kris Davis, a mother of two FRCS students, was one of those who pitched in.
“We were at a Falcon Club meeting when Dayna asked for help, so I made the fliers,” Davis said. “Front Range is just this community that really comes together. They know there’s a need, and they all come out to fill it.”
The retail side of the counter was no less charitable.
Jung said kids and teenagers were handing over $30 to $50 and taking only one or two food items. One family gave Jung $500.
“We’re truly here to glorify God,” Jung said, “and He just brought it right through.”
Jung presented Lyons coach Brandon Wilkes with an envelope containing the proceeds at halftime of the game. Wilkes, who has coached the Lions for two years, was touched by the amount raised for Lyons families. He said the money would go to players’ families that are hurting the most.
Dawson Kelly, a freshman quarterback for Lyons, only just returned to school on Sept. 23. Lyon’s elementary, middle, and high schools were holding classes at the Old Longmont High School when school resumed last week.
Kelly and his family have been displaced for about three weeks and are staying at a hotel in Firestone. He said the home team’s gift was amazing, and he thanked the FRCS community.
The Lions, who won the game 14-13, knew the victory on the field was just part of the day’s triumphs as their community makes gains toward recovery.
“This whole situation has just blown me away ever since the start,” Wilkes said. “I’m just amazed how many people were affected by our story.”