Kempe and United Energy Trading Team Up to Distribute Toys

The Kempe Foundation understands that many children and families find the holidays difficult for various reasons including the costs associated with making positive holiday memories. Food costs, presents for children, and an increase in basic needs costs due to inflation all contribute to difficulties for families during the holiday season. Kempe’s focus remains improving the lives of children and families and decided to host a holiday toy drive in support of students and schools participating in the Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice (TRIP) program.


One of the pillars at Kempe is Engaging with Communities, which includes partnering with a network of caring community members committed to supporting professionals in the field of child abuse, neglect and trauma. This year, the Kempe Foundation partnered with toy drive lead sponsor, United Energy Trading (UET) based in Lakewood, CO. The leadership and staff at UET collected over 400 toys to brighten the holidays for students this December. Kempe thanks our new corporate partner for stepping up this year in support of children and families.

 All toys were donated to two elementary schools in Weld County who are participating in the TRIP program.

The Kempe Foundation, Kempe Center Professionals, United Energy Trading staff, Principal Jennifer Forbes and second-grade students at Meadow Ridge Elementary School all participated in a memorable 2022 toy drive.

Thank you to United Energy Trading

Thank you to our Toy Drive lead sponsor, United Energy Trading, who collected hundreds of toys that will be given directly to Meadow Ridge and Lochbuie Elementary Schools, who are partnering with Kempe on how to infuse trauma-responsive practices at their schools. Hundreds of families holiday will be brightened because of the hard work from United Energy Trading!

What is the TRIP program?

Kempe’s Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice (TRIP) program integrates, enhances and implements trauma-responsive and culturally appropriate practices for parents, educators and others to help mitigate the impact of trauma.

Exposure to traumatic events and chronic stress can have negative impacts on children’s cognitive, academic, behavioral and social-emotional functioning. Students who experienced trauma were among those facing the most challenges both in and out of schools. The TRIP program equips both parents and educators of children who have experienced trauma with trauma-responsive training to lessen the impact of trauma and promote healing.

Goals for Trauma Responsive Implementation & Practice in Schools:
  • Decrease behavioral, emotional, and mental health issues in the classroom so that students are able to learn and establish healthy relationships.
  • Increase resilience for both students and staff, particularly for those who have experienced adversities
  • Create warm predictable environments for students and staff through utilization of trauma-informed strategies
  • Significantly reduce referrals to the principal’s office and the incumbent punitive measures that are usually taken as a result, thus reducing the disruption and further trauma to the student, their family, the classroom, and the whole school ecosystem
  • Improved workforce wellbeing for school administration
If you are interested in having your school participate in the TRIP school trainings, contact:
Emily Stern, MA, CAS, NCC, LPC
Program Coordinator
E: | P: 720.588.3301