LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – CBS4 viewers have been scouring their basements and garages looking for Christmas decorations because of a woman who has launched a Christmas ornament drive for flood victims.

Viewers are getting in the holiday spirit early, anxious to donate their mementos to make new memories for others. Myrna Cunitz has an impressive Christmas collection from her 72 years.

“Here are some Christmas dish towels, some stockings, a flower arrangement,” Cunitz said.

She barely took a breath before continuing to recite her Christmas list of belongings.

“I have lots of potpourri and baskets to put them in,” she said.

So when the woman who likes reindeer ears heard the story on Christmas decorations being collected for flood victims, she headed to her basement.

“My heart just absolutely bleeds for them,” Cunitz said.

So did Lisa Truesdale’s heart, which is why she has organized the decorations drive. She knows people lost things far more important than ornaments in the floods, but she figures they might just welcome the diversion of holiday decorating this year.

So Cunitz in Arvada is now in cahoots with Truesdale in Longmont.

In the collection there are already countless Christmas trees, boxes of ornaments, and hundreds of lights to brighten the lives of those in Northern Colorado who have had some very dark days .

“It will make me feel like I’ve helped someone in some small way,” Cunitz said.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.


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