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A holiday smile for every child on Christmas morning

Published November 30, 2018

Volunteers help collect gifts for children in need during the holiday season

Hate the thought of kids with empty stockings and bare trees on Christmas? So do we. And for over 20 years, the Summit County community has joined the Family & Intercultural Resource Center to do something about it.  

On December 11, the Adopt an Angel program hands out gifts to more than 250 local families that would otherwise have no presents on Christmas morning.

The effort makes a big difference, according to Kendra, a single mother living in Summit County. “I was going through a divorce, and I was trying to figure out my budget with a single income. All of my extra money was going towards legal fees. Adopt an Angel is the only way I was able to give my children presents last year.”

There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Buy a gift. Purchase gifts for any child ages newborn to 17, and drop off the new, unwrapped gift at a FIRC office in Silverthorne or Breckenridge. Police and fire departments, as well as the recreation centers in both Silverthorne and Breckenridge are also accepting gifts. The deadline to drop off gifts is 5 p.m. on December 7.  
  2. Write a check. Financial donations are also used to purchase gifts. Please donate online, or you can mail checks to FIRC, P.O. Box 1636, Silverthorne, CO 80498. Please write  “Adopt an Angel” in the memo. 
  3. Volunteer. More than 100 volunteers are needed December 9-12 for gift wrapping, setting up and tearing down. To help make this event a success, please sign up online.

Thanks to the community’s immense generosity, Adopt an Angel helped 800 children from more than 400 families receive gifts last year. More than 150 volunteers and first responders came together to help make the event successful.

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