Police to give needy children gifts | SummitDaily.com

Police to give needy children gifts

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Silverthorne police department administrative assistant Verna Pottle talks to Dillon Valley elementary students in Kendra Carpenter's third grade class about the department's annual Angel program where Silverthorne police distribute christmas presents to the needy. Visiting the class with Pottle were Silverthorne police cheif Kent Donahue and officer Shawn Henslee.

SILVERTHORNE – Silverthorne police officers are preparing to undergo their yearly holiday transformation from community caretakers to gift-givers in Santa hats. For the past 10 seasons, the police department has set aside a Saturday to deliver gifts to children in Silverthorne who otherwise might not have anything under the tree, as part of its Adopt an Angel program.Adopt an Angel is one of the beneficiaries of the Summit Daily News Holiday Fund, a special fundraising campaign to help nonprofits and other good causes do their work during the holiday season.Earlier this week, Silverthorne police placed Christmas trees throughout Frisco and Silverthorne, each decorated with angel ornaments describing a child. The idea is for people to select an ornament, purchase a gift for $25 or less, then drop the present off at the Silverthorne Town Hall, where it will be wrapped for delivery.The trees, which will stand until Dec. 15, are located at Krystal 93 radio station in Frisco, Silverthorne Town Hall and the Oshkosh B’Gosh and Carters stores at the Silverthorne Factory Outlets.

On Dec. 18, officers will team up with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Summit Ambulance Service to deliver the gifts. “We’ll have three or four officers on fire trucks, police cars and an ambulance. Kids love that stuff; it’s great,” said Verna Pottle, administrative assistant at the police department.Pottle has poured her heart into organizing the event for the past four years.She said when the program began, it provided presents for about 63 kids. By last year, Adopt an Angel grew to more than five times its original size, serving about 330 surprised and grateful recipients.”Some of (the kids) have been part of the program since I’ve been here, so I feel like I’m kind of growing with children. I have gotten to know some of the parents, it’s really nice, they’re very gracious,” Pottle said.Anyone can nominate a child for the program, but the child must be 15 years or younger, and must live in the town of Silverthorne.

All the kids’ names are kept confidential.To nominate a child, stop by the Silverthorne Police Department or call (970) 262-7323.Once the gifts are returned to town hall, they’ll be wrapped at a party on Dec. 18, a day when the most volunteers are needed, Pottle said.About 60 people showed up last year, and she encourages everyone to come out again this year to wrap and enjoy free pizza courtesy of Old Chicago.Pottle said heading up Adopt an Angel is, naturally, a lot of work, but the effort is more than worth the outcome.”Two years ago at day of wrapping, I reached inside the bag and there was a note from the woman who bought it, saying when she was a child she received a gift and was finally able to give back,” Pottle said. “I just sat there and started crying because I realized the program had come full circle.”

Donations to the Summit Daily News Holiday Fund will be accepted through Dec. 31. Individuals or organizations can send a check to Holiday Fund, Summit Daily News, P.O. Box 329, Frisco, CO 80443. Donations can be made in person at the newspaper at 40 W. Main St., in Frisco.Donors can specify if they want the donation to go to a particular agency. Summit Daily News publisher Jim Morgan said he is glad to entertain requests from other nonprofit agencies that benefit children and families. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com

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