Sharing and Caring for Others This Holiday Season

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher November 20, 2020

For those who are struggling financially, the holiday season can create additional stress as parents strive to satisfy the basic needs of food and warm clothing while keeping the magic of the season alive for their children.

Through the generosity of people who are able to open their hearts and pocketbooks, the holiday can become more joyful for everyone. Give your children the gift of compassion in a very tangible way and make a family's holiday wishes come true too!

Santa's Elves – Denver Dream Center
This wonderful nonprofit creates opportunities for parents to inspire their children to give in their own community. Your kids get involved from the very beginning by choosing a less fortunate child to help, buying and wrapping a gift, then giving it to that child face-to-face, hug-to-hug during an amazing one-day event on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

By engaging kids in philanthropy early in their lives, Santa's Elves wants to create a ripple effect and inspire life-long giving. Families can:

  • Sign up to give presents at Coors Field on December 19.
  • Donate cash and 100% of the funds will be used to support the program.
  • Volunteer by organizing a toy drive, shoe drive, or fundraiser or donate products or services.

Douglas/Elbert Task Force Santa Sharing

Families who are on the receiving side of the Santa Sharing program are current Task Force clients who have the most need... one or both parents are unemployed or underemployed, scraping by to pay their monthly bills. Some of the families are single parents raising children alone.

A large number of extended families are living together — parents, grandparents, adult children, an aunt and her children — to avoid homelessness. You can support the program in two ways:

  • You purchase toys and books to help the Task Force provide for families who did not receive a sponsor. You can deliver toys to the Task Force at 1638 Park Street in Castle Rock from November 18 through December 14.
  • Cash or gift card donations are combined with gifts from the Toy Chest to provide families a nice holiday. Drop off or mail gift cards and cash donations by December 14.

Christmas Outreach at SECORCares
SECOR began in the '90s as a Christmas Outreach program. Each year, with the help of the community, SECOR fulfulls gift requests to approximately 1,600 local kids. In addition to Christmas presents, SECOR provides food to families and seniors in 42 different zip codes.

In an effort to minimize person-to-person contact and keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, SECOR is asking for cash donations so they can purchase gift cards, with the goal of providing each child with a gift card valued at $50!

Parker Task Force Adopt-A-Family Program
Nearly 20% of Douglas County residents struggle to afford the most basic needs of food and shelter. The Parker Task Force helps hundreds of families in Parker, Elizabeth, and Franktown to feed their families and keep the lights on.

This 100% volunteer-run non-profit offers an Adopt-A-Family Program each year to help families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a Happy Holiday. Families can make monetary contributions or donate nonperishable food items and local store gift cards.

The Joy Project
Aspen Grove Church in cooperation with the Douglas County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) will be collecting gift cards and gifts for children and families in the foster care system. Register online to receive guidelines and a specific family's needs,a nd then provide in any way you can.

Gift cards and gifts will be collected on December 13, 2020, to deliver to DCDHS at a later date.

USPS Operation Santa
Kids all over the country will be sending letters to Santa for the holiday season asking for presents from toys to basic necessities like coats and shoes.

December 4 is the day to start adopting letters from low-income families. You can pick a letter from anywhere in the country. Be sure to catch the world premiere of Dear Santa, the documentary about this program, in theaters and VOD.

Christmas Crusade For Children 
Christmas Crusade for Children was started to connect law enforcement to underprivileged children, and to bring joy to the people in their communities. Through 2019, the program has helped over 300,000 children.

Law Enforcement Officers nominate children they personally know who are in need and will personally deliver the presents to the children they nominated.

Call (303) 322-KIDS or donate online. You can also drop off new unwrapped toys at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel DTC.

Blessing Bags for the Homeless
Each winter we host a get-together with friends and spend an afternoon creating dozens of Blessing Bags to pass out to the city's homeless when we see them on the street corners. We try to include toiletries, food and water, and warm socks.

Involving several families means the financial cost is smaller for everyone... but the spiritual and emotional reward is larger. This is a great activity to do over Thanksgiving Break or Winter Break!

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