Nov 24, 2010 2:19 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado Springs Police Department has started its annual Christmas Toy Drive in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and Teens with Promise.
Continuing through Christmas Day, collection boxes will be available in the lobbies of each police substation. New, unwrapped may be dropped off anytime of the day or night. The gifts will be distributed by Christmas Unlimited and Teens with Promise.
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. You may download an application online.
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.Last year officers delivered toys to approximately 400 children in the Colorado Springs.