They're your neighbors, and mine. Some of them lost their jobs, got sick, hurt or divorced. And so, all by themselves, they're trying to pay the rent, buy the groceries and dress their kids. Ever have a day like that? For some of them, the hard times last months and years. In the Denver Housing Authority, the average income is about $15,000 a year.
That's one reason the nonprofit KidsGiving365 steps in to help the residents of Sun Valley, Westwood, South Lowell and other neighborhoods this time of year with its program Santa’s Elves. They serve the broken-down homes near rusted cars sitting atop dead tires, with rotten seats and shattered windows. They’re some of the poorest neighborhoods in Colorado. And they’re full of laughing, playing, growing children who outnumber adults there, three to one.
The other reason KidsGiving365 helps is because it gives luckier children a chance to volunteer, and learn that their actions matter and that they can make a difference.
This year, parents have signed up 2,200 of their children to receive a new toy, shoes or clothes for the holiday. But givers have only signed up to help 1,700, leaving 500 children with an uncertain holiday.
The parents who started Santa’s Elves remember a time or two they got a helping hand, and hope you do too.
To help a child in the housing projects this year, sign up for Santa’s Elves by December 3 at www.KidsGiving365.org/giving.
When you register, you’ll give a gift or shoes or clothing to the child in person during a big event in Denver on December 9. The face-to-face giving makes an impact on the givers and receivers and brings people together.
REGISTRATION CLOSES DECEMBER 3.