Time dwindling to buy gifts for local Adopt an Angel program
SILVERTHORNE – Two years ago when Dick and Mary Clark were volunteering at the annual Adopt an Angel gift-giving event, a woman hobbled in on crutches looking for warm clothes she could give her children as Christmas presents.She’d spent all her gift money on medical bills that year, and had nothing for the kids. The Clarks helped her pick out sweaters, scarves and gloves and a few extra things for the kids, and the woman left in tears she was so touched.”Memories like that keep you coming back,” Dick said.The Clarks began volunteering for Adopt an Angel six years ago when they retired to the Silverthorne area, and even though they’ve signed on to help a slew of other organizations in the county over the years, Adopt an Angel still remains closes to their hearts.
“This is the most fun; we love this,” Mary said.The Silverthorne Police Department, which organizes the annual event with help from other local police, fire and ambulance departments, needs people like the Clarks to contribute to the program. “It’s not too late to get involved, help us by donating. We’re still in real need for gifts,” said Silverthorne Sgt. Mark Hanschmidt, who heads up Adopt an Angel.The program provides holiday gifts for underprivileged kids in the county. This year, Hanschmidt hopes to reach 1,200 children.
Monday is the last day to return gifts to any local police or fire station or the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Typically, the idea is for shoppers to pull an angel ornament off of trees scattered around the county and buy a gift appropriate for the age and gender on the angel. But, in this eleventh hour, Hanschmidt said people can skip that step and go straight to the shopping part.”Any sort of donation, any sort of gift for a boy or a girl, cash donations, gift cards would be helpful,” Hanschmidt said.Police officers use cash donations to fill up the toy supply at the last minute in case they’re short on gifts.The gift giveaway will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Silverthorne Pavilion and the Breckenridge Police Department. Parents are allowed to pick out two gifts apiece for up to three children. Parents are asked to leave their kids at home at the shopping day.
About 100 volunteers are needed on Dec. 21 to wrap gifts and register parents.For more information, visit http://adopt-an-angel.org. If you’re interested in volunteering on the shopping day, call the Silverthorne Police Department at (970) 262-7320.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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