The holiday season is a great time of year to enjoy with family and friends. In many cases, the holiday season is the only time of year where an entire family can get together to enjoy a holiday.

Unfortunately, there are also families who will not be able to have a Christmas present. Right now, there are several local holiday and charity drives in the Colorado Springs area which will help families have a better holiday season.

Here is a list of ongoing charity and holiday drives which you can contribute if you wish to donate.

Holiday gift drive

The Colorado Springs Police Department is holding a holiday gift drive for those interested in donating this holiday season. The drive runs from November 17th to December 9th so that gifts can be dispersed to children in need on December 15th. Gifts that are being requested include new and unwrapped:

  • CD players
  • MP3 players
  • Art supplies
  • Electronics
  • Gift cards
  • Makeup
  • Hair accessories
  • Hoodies
  • Jeans

Food drives

Care and Share is having a food drive for people in need this holiday season. Care and Share, working with the United States Department of Agriculture, has plentiful amounts of food to donate for families in need.

Fresh and frozen food will be available to families and from their distribution center on a first come, first served basis. There are dates available on December 14th, January 4th, and January 18th, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Toy drives

Colorado Unlimited is holding a toy drive for children this holiday season. Parents will be given the chance to receive toys for their children to ensure that they have the best items for their child’s needs.

Applications for this year’s donations to Colorado Unlimited will be accepted until December 14th. Donated toys will be distributed from December 3rd to December 24th.

There are several locations available for donations around the area, including Christmas Unlimited, Colorado Springs Fire Stations, and Safeway. Suggested donations include:

  • Traditional board games (Monopoly, Chess, Battleship, etc)
  • Sporting goods
  • Building sets (Legos, Lincoln Logs, Mega Blocks)
  • Play kitchen items (utensils and play food)
  • Dolls and action figures
  • Personal care items for older children (only new)
  • Electronic items (MP3 players, cameras, games)
  • Bicycles with 16” and 20” wheels, scooters, wagons
  • Arts & craft items, science, and collection kits

Additional drives to consider

The Santa Bob 3K toy drive benefits the Bob Telmosse Foundation. People interested in this run/walk along the Rock Island Railway are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy.  A fancy Santa hat is included with your registration.

This 3K starts at 10 a.m. on December 15 at 13960 Palmer Park Blvd.

If a 3K isn’t your thing, there’s The Christmas Tree Project. This project, which started here in the Springs, donates fully decorated Christmas trees to wanting families. With more than 27,000 requests in 2017, you can help brighten a family’s holiday by donating cash, decorations or a tree.

Or donate time

Last but not least, we have a very large homeless population in Colorado Springs. The Springs Rescue Mission provides meals and shelter for those in need. Money may be tight, but the Rescue Mission is looking for volunteers to serve meals and otherwise assist with their mission of serving the homeless. If you cannot donate your money or goods, please consider donating your time.