That's why 9NEWS is hosting its 30th annual 9Cares Colorado Shares food, clothing and toys drive.
Each year, the community donates gifts whether they are monetary, clothing or food. This year, 9NEWS would like to remind you to not forget about the children. So many families will not be able to afford to buy children toys this year for the holidays. So if your family has extra toys around the house, you can donate them to children who may otherwise not get gifts for Christmas.
"Trucks, balls, books, kids love pretty much anything people are willing to donate. We do take new and used toys. We would love to have them as you clean out your closets this year," the president of the Denver Santa Claus Shop Norleen Langdorf said.
The 9Cares Colorado Shares drive falls a little bit earlier this year than in years past, but Langdorf says that just allows for extra time for you and your family to get into the holiday spirit.
"It is a little early so it's a little extra time to get into those closets and clean things out," Langdorf said.
9Cares Colorado Shares is on Oct. 27. 9NEWS will join the largest national day of helping others - Make A Difference Day - and make it a part of 9Cares Colorado Shares.
This is the largest one-day drive in the region thanks to the thousands of people who donate food. Our 9NEWS team will be out at each location. You can donate anytime from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you can't make it on Oct. 27, you can donate online by visiting: http://bit.ly/P5Ea8c.
"We've been a big source for Denver tradition. What we do is work through Denver Human Services. They provide us with names of families who are eligible ... and they send them an invitation in the mail on the 1st of December. We are open for four days and basically we open a store in a warehouse ... and then families can come in and choose the toys that children would like," Langdorf said. "A lot of times, without this program, many kids wouldn't have anything to open at Christmas."
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