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Holiday Toy Distribution Programs
"Helping children believe in the magic of Christmas...and adults in the kindness of the human spirit."
Christmas Unlimited is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the Pikes Peak region families in need during the holiday season.
What is the Toy Distribution Program?
During the holiday season, Christmas Unlimited collects and distributes toys to the families in need in a store-like environment, empowering parents to select gifts for their children.
What sets Christmas Unlimited apart from similar programs is its method of gift distribution. The Christmas Unlimited Distribution Center is set-up like a retail store. Parents are issued shopping passes (points are allocated based on the number of children they have) to shop our distribution center and pick out Christmas gifts for their children. This allows the client to select what they want for their children and empowers them to be the most important part of the process.
When clients are finished shopping, they go to a check-out counter and receive additional items for their children, including a stuffed animal and stocking stuffers, along with wrapping paper. Parents typically walk away with $35-$40 worth of toys per child. Everything is put in a shopping bag, or two or three, and they're on their way home.
The entire process is effective, friendly, and fun; all to help the parent feel good about themselves. This method of distribution promotes family unity and parental self-worth-having an impact far beyond that of making a child happy on Christmas Day.
How to Apply
Applications are distributed to local human service agencies in October. Parents can sign up by filling out a simple application and returning it to the agency. The act of submitting the application guarantees the family is eligible for assistance. Call 2-1-1 (or 719-955-0742) to find the closest location where an application is available. The 2018 application due date is December 14, 2018.
Toys will be distributed December 3-24, 2018, by appointment only. Clients will be notified of their scheduled shopping appointment.
Locations for applications include:
- Army Community Service at Fort Carson
- Deerfield Hills Community Center
- Ecumenical Social Ministry
- El Paso County Health Department
- Good News Foundation
- Hillside Community Center
- Mission Possible
- Mt. Carmel Veteran Services Center
- Springs Rescue Mission
- Westside Cares
- Westside Community Center
A Community Partnership
In two arenas — people power and economic resource — Christmas Unlimited is very much a community partnership. You can help Christmas Unlimited by making a donation, volunteering, or hosting a toy drive. Some businesses and service clubs organize a toy drive in conjunction with their holiday party. Instead of exchanging gifts, guests bring a toy to put in the Christmas Unlimited collection box.
Suggested Toy Donations:
- Traditional board games (Monopoly, Chess, Battleship, etc)
- Sporting goods (especially balls of all kinds)
- 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
- Christmas Unlimited - 2204 E. Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
- Colorado Springs Fire Stations (accepted year-round)
- Safeway (locations below):
- Safeway 0803 7055 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
- Safeway 0812 2210 N. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
- Safeway 0835 5060 North Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
- Safeway 0840 8750 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
- Safeway 0879 4405 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919
- Safeway 1286 3275 West Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
- Safeway 1440 624 Highway 105, Monument, CO 80132
- Safeway 1466 1121 N. Circle Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
- Safeway 1499 2890 N. Powers Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80922
- Safeway 1577 6520 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
- Safeway 1578 1101 E. U.S. Highway 24, Woodland Park, CO 80863
- Safeway 1644 7655 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, CO 80831
- Safeway 1792 1425 S Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
- Safeway 2816 1920 South Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
- Safeway 2839 840 Village Center Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919
It is said of other programs, but perhaps is truer for Christmas Unlimited than most — it is simply — neighbors helping neighbors: