Sharing and Caring for Others This Holiday Season

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher November 27, 2021

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!

The Christmas Tree Project
There are too many families who cannot afford a Christmas tree. The mission of this Colorado Springs nonprofit is simple: give away fully decorated Christmas trees to families in need.

To date, the Christmas Tree Project has given away thousands of trees and has become the largest Christmas Tree give-away organization in the world.

They need trees (live and artificial), tree decorations, Christmas decorations for the home, and cash donations. Visit to learn more.

Christmas Outreach at SECORCares
SECOR began in the '90s as a Christmas Outreach program. Each year, with the help of the community, SECOR fulfills 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.

The 2021 Christmas Outreach runs the week of December 5th.  If you’re interested in sponsoring a child for Christmas Outreach, please reach out to the Christmas Outreach Coordinator at

If you’ve got an hour or two to spare and want to help wrap gifts, drop by Southeast Christian Church in Parker on December 6 or 7 from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM or December 8 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

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 by December 10.

The Joy Project
Aspen Grove Church is organizing our community to generously provide Christmas gifts for children in the Douglas County Foster Care System.

After registering for this event, you'll receive an email with additional details, including further guidelines from DCDHS and drop-off instructions. Later, you'll receive a separate email with the Christmas Wish Lists of the specific children for whom you can provide. Please plan to stick to a budget of approximately $100 per child.

Gift cards and gifts will be collected on December 5, 2021, to deliver to DCDHS at a later date.

Help and Hope Center's Santa Sharingโ€จ Program
Families who are on the receiving side of the Santa's Sharing program are current HHC clients who have the greatest need. This program depends on the generous people in our community donating to provide for these families.

If you are interested in joining this mission you can contact Santa's Sharing at to request a list of the most requested items, which includes toys, books, and gift cards. 

In-kind donations can be delivered to the Help and Hope Center now through December 13. Families can also make financial contributions online.

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 no later than Sunday, December 12.

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.

November 29 is the day to start adopting letters from low-income families. You can pick a letter from anywhere in the country. Be sure to watch Dear Santa, the documentary about this incredible 100-year-old program.

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 18, 2021.

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 18.
  • 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 donating products or services.

Other Ways to Help