Annual CSPD Christmas Toy Drive
The CSPD would like to announce that we are kicking off our Annual Christmas Toy Drive in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and Teens with Promise. The department has participated in 21 previous toy drives, and for the last ten years we have collaborated with Christmas Unlimited in a very successful partnership. We are very excited to begin our second year of partnering with Teens with Promise as we continue to assist many of the youth over age 13 that may be forgotten this time of year.
Beginning today and continuing through Christmas Day, collection boxes have been placed in the lobbies of each of our stations. Citizens interested in donating may drop off new unwrapped gifts in the collection boxes any time of the day or night. The gifts donated will be delivered to Christmas Unlimited and Teens with Promise.
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 597-1821 for information on their program.
Teens with Promise, a local non-profit dedicated to helping disadvantaged teens build resiliency and positive self-esteem, is also teaming up with the Colorado Springs Police Department for this gift drive. Gifts needed include C/D players, MP3 players, art supplies, electronics, gift cards, makeup, hair accessories, hoodies and jeans. Teens with Promise created the holiday gift drive after noticing that many local agencies provided gifts for younger children but very few collected gifts for kids over age 13. Eligible teens will visit the Teens with Promise ?Santa?s Shop? to select a gift. ?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, you may download an application online at www.teenswithpromise.com or see the teen?s middle or high school counselor.
In addition to these programs, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, through their daily work routine, will be identifying 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 toys to these children on December 20th. In 2009, the CSPD delivered toys to approximately 400 children in the Colorado Springs area during the holiday season.
For more information specific to the CSPD Christmas Toy Drive, please contact Sgt. Steve Noblitt at 719.444.7412, or Officer Rob Campbell at 719.444.7410.