Make the holidays a time of joy for families in need More than 200 families in this community had a Christmas last year they wouldn’t have had …
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Make the holidays a time of joy for families in need
More than 200 families in this community had a Christmas last
year they wouldn’t have had otherwise thanks to Santa’s Sharing, a
holiday donation program that matches sponsors (“Santas”) directly
with families and seniors in need in Douglas and Elbert
Santa’s Sharing is possible only through the generosity of
people willing to provide the resources necessary to make the
holiday possible for those less fortunate.
“Each year our program grows larger as the need escalates in the
counties we serve. We expect to serve a record number of families
and seniors this year with fewer sponsors because of the economy,”
said Suzanne Greene, executive director of the Douglas/Elbert Task
Among the ways to participate:
Direct Sponsorship: You request the size family or number of
families you would like to sponsor. The task force matches you with
the family or families and provides you with a “wish list.” You
deliver directly to your sponsored family.
Indirect Sponsorship: This is a cash or gift card program for
those who don’t have time to shop but want to help, and is
especially helpful for families with older children or seniors. The
task force gives you their wish list, and you determine how much
you want to spend based on that list. You purchase one or more
large gift cards from a super store such as Target (a store that
carries food, clothing and toys).
Toy Chest (a list can be provided): For families who cannot be
directly sponsored, the task force collects new, unwrapped gifts
for the Toy Chest. Gifts should not be wrapped. Volunteers select
gifts for the children and present parents with gift cards. Gift
wrap, ribbon and tape are needed. Toys should be delivered no later
than Dec. 11 so that the gifts can be wrapped for families to pick
up before Dec. 20. Excess toys donated to the Toy Chest supply
clients’ children with birthday gifts throughout the following
Cash donations and gift cards are especially welcomed. These are
combined with gifts from the Toy Chest for a family. Cards are
particularly helpful for families with teens or seniors. Cards
should be delivered to the task force before Dec. 11.
“While we usually have enough toys and gifts for young children,
gifts for families with teens are usually slim,” she said.
Santa’s Sharing is a source of happiness, joy and satisfaction
for all involved and, with the help of the community, it is always
a huge success. To sponsor a family, for more information or an
informational brochure contact Nani Lindig at Nani1674@aol.com (subject line:
Santa) or Kathy D’Amore at 303-688-1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org (subject
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also serves as the foster committee chair.
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solely by volunteers. It rescues, rehabilitates and places lost,
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Colorado, as well as Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, Wyoming,
the Dakotas and New Mexico are helped. The rescue is celebrating 30
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