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Police start annual drive to gather, deliver Christmas gifts for needy kids

       Colorado Springs Police have started their 26th annual Christmas Gift Drive (formerly “Toy Drive”). Continuing through Dec. 18, it is the 15th such effort in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and sixth with Teens with Promise. Both have programs for children from needy families.
       Gift Drive collection boxes are in the lobbies of each city police station, including the Westside's Gold Hill Division, 955 W. Moreno Ave., according to a City Police press release. Presents should be new and unwrapped.
       Christmas Unlimited focuses on younger children: Teens with Promise on ages 13 and up.
       Suggested teen presents include CD players, MP3 players, skateboards, art supplies, electronics, gift cards, makeup, hair accessories, perfumes, sweatshirts and jeans.
       For more information, call Christmas Unlimited at 597-1821 or Teens with Promise at 266-0106.
       “As is our tradition, Colorado Springs Police Officers and Colorado Springs Explorer Cadets along with 'Santa' will deliver gifts to these children on Dec. 21,” the release states.
       In 2013, the CSPD delivered gifts to approximately 410 children in the Colorado Springs area, the release adds.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 11/29/14; Community: Charitable)

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