Operation Hope 2020

Local Humanitarian Project

Children and Christmas tree in modern luxury apartment with fireplace. Twin girls are decorating Christmas tree with hot fire and flames burning in the fireplace.

Operation Hope 2020, a local humanitarian project, is underway. The Christian Center of Park City (CCPC) is holding the event in partnership with Wasatch County School District, Wasatch Parent Network, and Wasatch Community Foundation. Like most 2020 events, there will be some modifications made in an attempt to reduce Covid spread. Although the registration for families in need is closed, volunteers and donations are still needed.

This year, the event is divided into Wasatch and Summit Counties. Wasatch County participants will receive gift cards for Amazon, Walmart, and Wigglish Toys, enabling parents to shop for Christmas gifts for their children. The gift cards, along with small gift bags for children, will be distributed to registered families on December 5th. CCPC is looking for volunteers to help with handing out gifts, greeting and checking in families, and providing hospitality.

Additionally, financial donations are welcome on the website. About 750 families are registered to receive help from Operation Hope this year. CCPC needs to raise $20,000 to complete the charitable donations for these families.

Coats were distributed to registered residents on November 2-5. However, CCPC is still accepting new coat donations, kids’ sizes newborn to 18-years. Coats can be donated to the Main Offices on Monday through Friday, from 10am to 5pm. These coats will be given to those registered families who were unable to attend the previous event.

This year will be the largest Heber Valley Operation Hope event yet. Pete Stoughton, Director of Programs, said, “We will absolutely need volunteers. There are a lot of families to serve.”

CCPC is a humanitarian center based in Park City, but with a satellite center in Heber. Their mission is to “meet people at their point of need.” Aside from Operation Hope, CCPC also offers assistance in many other ways, such as food pantries and counseling services. To find out more information, visit www.ccofpc.org or call 435-649-2260.



Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.