Sturgeon Electric Creates a Christmas Vision for Children’s Hospital Colorado Patients and their Families

December 21, 2020

Sturgeon Electric is at it again! Two teams from our Colorado district donated their time to string holiday lights on Children’s Hospital Colorado patients’ homes to support their Give Comfort & Joy initiative. For the past three years, our team has partnered with Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation in an effort to bring joy to the homes of child patients and their families.

Sturgeon Electric was honored to celebrate two Children’s Hospital Foundation Ambassadors this year. The two patient ambassadors, 15-year-old Marissa and 16-year-old LaShawn, were surprised and thrilled to return to their homes and see them decorated with holiday lights.

Meet this year’s recipients!

LaShawn was born with a condition affecting the kidneys and liver called autosomal recessive polycystic disease. From a young age, he required countless blood transfusions and dialysis just to stay alive. By age 15, his liver and kidneys began to fail and the chance of finding a transplant match was about one in a million. Then in 2019, LaShawn and his family got the call they’d been waiting for. His team had found a possible match. He received a liver transplant the following day, followed by a kidney transplant from the same donor. The transplant procedure was a success and LaShawn is now thriving and making plans for his future.

In August 2016, Marissa and her family were in a tragic car accident. The impact of the accident dissected a major artery, cutting off blood flow to the left side of Marissa’s brain, leading to a stroke that cause partial paralysis. Marissa spent the next three months at the hospital recovering from medically induced coma, multiple surgeries, and re-learning how to walk, talk, and eat. Today, she continues to heal with therapy, perseverance, and positivity

Learn more about Marissa’s story in the articles by Fox News and the Gazette.

Sturgeon Electric is Proud to Give Comfort & Joy this

Holiday Season

Sturgeon Electric is proud to be a continued supporter of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s “Give Comfort & Joy” initiative. Generous support from the community helps bring care closer to home for kids and families in southern Colorado. Children’s Hospital Colorado makes sure everyone sees the light at the end of the tunnel. The facility is a ray of hope for sick children and their families.

Donations not only provide critical resources, but they also make spirits bright. Join us in giving comfort and joy to the patients of Children’s Colorado by making a donation today at GiveComfortandJoy.org. 

For Sturgeon Electric, this story is a familiar one. The Company’s founder is credited with having invented the outdoor Christmas light tradition:

Just before the Christmas of 1914, 10-year-old David Jonathan Sturgeon lay ill, confined in his bed on the second floor of the Sturgeon home in Denver, Colorado. The young boy was too sick to see and enjoy the family Christmas tree downstairs, but he could see some pine trees outside his bedroom window. David pleaded with his father, David Dwight “D.D.” Sturgeon to put lights on one of the pine trees outside so he could see it.

Determined to fulfill his son’s wish, D.D. Sturgeon, an electrician who had founded Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. just two years earlier, dipped some ordinary light bulbs in red and green paint, strung them on electric lines and draped them over one of the trees outside. David lay in his bed, watching the lights sparkle like emeralds and rubies against the ermine mantle of snow.

Word of this outdoor wonder spread rapidly and drew people from miles away. According to news accounts of the time, people in horse-drawn carriages and chugging automobiles drove slowly past the home, marveling at the beautiful glistening tree.

Years later, young David passed away, but neighbors who had marveled at his tree joined together to light up their own yards, and the Tennyson Street neighborhood soon became the talk of the town. House by house, block after block the idea spread and through the years this has become a holiday tradition.

Thomas Edison displayed the first indoor electrically lit Christmas tree in 1882 at the home of his friend, Edward Johnson. For the next three decades, electrically lit trees remained indoors, and only for those willing to pay the price, about $300 in the early 1900s. Although it is impossible to document exactly when and where the first outdoor Christmas tree was lit with electric lights, proud Denverites believe it started with David and his father D.D. Sturgeon. In 1945, NBC broadcast a tribute to Denver and the Sturgeon family for having originated this beautiful tradition and the story has been covered by numerous media outlets ever since.

Happy Holidays!