Annual CSPD Christmas Gift Drive
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 9:30 AM [RELEASE AT WILL]
In partnership with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Christmas Unlimited and Teens with Promise, the Colorado Springs Police Department announces its kickoff of our Annual Christmas Gift Drive! CSPD has participated in 24 previous toy drives, and for the last 13 years, have collaborated with Christmas Unlimited in a very successful partnership. We are excited to begin our fifth year partnering with Teens with Promise as we continue to assist many youth over 12 who tend to be forgotten.
Today through December 18th, collection boxes will be in the lobbies of each of our police and fire stations. Citizens interested in donating may drop off newunwrapped gifts any time during the day or night. This year, we are pleased to have Chapel Hills Mall, Complete Nutrition, Time Warner Cable, Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill, Lifetime Fitness Center and Stein Mart as new partners and drop off locations.
Established in 1923, Christmas Unlimited is one of the oldest and most respected charities in the Pikes Peak Region. Christmas Unlimited believes the spirit of the holidays is more than just giving toys to children. They believe a family's adults need both material and emotional support during times of financial difficulty and everyone deserves to be treated with compassion and dignity. Christmas Unlimited works hard to uplift parental self-esteem by providing a service that includes a simple application process and a store-like distribution experience, contributing to a family environment of caring, togetherness and old fashioned holiday happiness. If you know a child who may qualify for the holiday gift distribution program please contact Christmas Unlimited at 719-597-1821 for information.
Teens with Promise, a local non-profit dedicated to helping disadvantaged teens build resiliency and positive self-esteem, is also teaming up with us. Gifts needed include C/D players, MP3 players, art supplies, electronics, gift cards, makeup, hair accessories, sweatshirts and jeans. Teens with Promise created the holiday gift drive after noticing that many agencies provided gifts for younger children but very few collected gifts for kids over age 13. “It is much more meaningful for a teen to pick a gift that they personally would enjoy, versus receiving a pre-selected gift by someone who does not know them,” the organization explains. If you know a teen who may qualify for the holiday gift program, download an application at www.teenswithpromise.comor see the teen’s middle or high school counselor. Call 719-266-0106 if you have questions.
Additionally, members of the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments will identify families who may not have the resources to provide Christmas gifts for their children. As is our tradition, Colorado Springs Police Officers and Colorado Springs Explorer Cadets along with “Santa” will deliver gifts to these children on December 21. In 2012, the CSPD delivered gifts to approximately 270 children in the Colorado Springs area.
Please do not contact the CSPD to request a gift delivery, contact one of the above agencies or call 211.