The holiday season is upon us, but for some, it can be a difficult and pressure filled time. Some don’t have the funds to purchase their loved ones gifts, but thankfully, there are plenty of people in the community who care to help those in need. Here are some examples of people stepping up in the Denver metro area community to ensure that everybody has a happy holidays.
The Chris Harris Foundation
On Dec. 16, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris held his fourth annual Holiday with the Harris’ fundraiser. Those who attended could bid on silent and live auction items, eat and listen to comedy from Sam Adams. The Chris Harris Foundation gathers winter clothes for local children and families in need, holds back to school events, shopping spress for those who are underprivileged during the holidays, and it hosts free football camps.
The Holidays with the Harris’ benefits the Chris Harris Foundation.
Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive
Every year, the Boys & Girls Club works with different organizations like CBS4, King Soopers and 97.3 KBCO to collect new, unopened toys through the Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive. The purpose of the toy drive is to make sure that every child and teenager that goes to the Boys & Girls Club gets a new gift for the holiday season.
You can still donate to the toy drive until Dec. 24. For more information, visit www.bgcmd.org/toy-drive/.
Servicios de La Raza
Servicios de La Raza, an organization that works to provide and advocate for culturally responsive, essential human services, provides holiday baskets to those in need. Those baskets come with things like food, grocery store gift cards, warm clothing and toys and gifts for children. Yesterday, Christmas En Comunidad provided over 275 families with meals and 1500 gifts.
The Action Center
The Action Center, a human-services nonprofit organization in Jefferson County, gave away free toys and gifts for families to gather for their children at their annual holiday shop. There are around 4,000 children who received a gift from the shop this year.
Mile High United Way
Mile High United Way, an organization who works to help those who are in need of an extra hand, hosted its Children’s Holiday Party in Denver on Dec. 14. The party assists 350 families with gifts. Children could get their face painted, participate in cookie decorating and got to take their photo with Santa. Those who attend get to leave with books, coats and gifts for the holiday season.
Toys for Tots
For decades, Toys for Tots has been ensuring that children can receive a toy for the holidays across the country. It works to bring hope and toys to children in need. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx.
Last week, Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus took 20 families served by Family Tree, a non-profit that works to end child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and homelessness, to go shopping for holiday gifts and groceries at Walmart. Project McManus supports at-risk and underprivileged youth.