Dec 12, 2009 11:35 PM by John Romero

Toy donations harder to come by this Christmas

With Black Friday behind us and the holiday shopping season in full swing it's easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. But it may not be a very merry Christmas for thousands of kids in El Paso County. "There are 22,000 kids living at or below the poverty line. That's just a staggering number for our community." says Matthew Monberg, Executive Director for The Best Christmas Ever.

Even so, charities like "The Best Christmas Ever" or the Salvation Army's "Angel Tree" say with this year's economy, donations have been a little tougher to come by. "This is a very needy Christmas." explains Pastor Jim Mertz with the Salvation Army, "The needs are requests are up 30-40% from the previous year."

While both charities know it isn't as easy to reach deeper into that check book this year, even the smallest gift can make for one awesome Christmas morning. "The need I think is greater than ever. The only way to meet a need that big is by pulling together and working together to do more with what we got." says Monberg, "So bring what you can bring. That is what makes Christmas miracles happen."

For all of us who want to help but are worried about breaking the bank it's actually not that hard to donate. A little boy whose name I picked off the Angel Tree just wants a Broncos sweat shirt and a Transformer. As for The Best Christmas Ever, they actually take gently used toys and bikes. A simple donation like that costs you nothing but could mean everything to a child in need.

For more info on The Best Christmas Ever you can GO HERE

For more info on the Angel Tree you can GO HERE



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