HOLIDAY GIVING: A list of requests for donations and volunteers

November 5, 2010

The Gazette is maintaining a list of holiday-related events where people can donate money, items or time to benefit people in the Pikes Peak region. The list will be updated daily online at, and will appear in print weekly in the Sunday Gazette through the holiday season.

Submit events to Carlotta Olson via e-mail at, by fax at 636-0202, or by snail mail at 30 S. Prospect St., 80903. For more information, call Olson at 636-0221.

Through Dec. 31: Ent Federal Credit Union will collect food for Care and Share's Holiday Care Drive. Drop off food and monetary donations at Ent locations. Ent is also using its Facebook page to collect donations. For every comment Ent gets on its page through Dec. 31, a can of food will be donated to Care and Share (up to 500 cans). Go to to leave a comment.

Through Dec. 31: Care Drive. Drop off nonperishable food items and money to benefit Care and Share at the organization's warehouse, 2605 Preamble Point, east of Powers Boulevard off Constitution. Foods most needed include canned fruit, veggies, soups, meats and tuna; peanut butter; and cereal/oatmeal.

Through Dec. 31: Canon National Bank branches at 518 N. Chelton Road and 3204 W. Colorado Ave. are collecting food and bicycles to help needy clients of the Marian House. Bikes can be used, but the agency requests that any repairs be made before they're donated. The bank is offering a free safe deposit box for six months to anyone age 18 or older who donates a bicycle in December. More information: Jon Handy, 632-3526, or Steve Witcher, 632-4889.

Through Dec. 31: “Coats for Kids” drive. Donate an winter coat for elementary-aged schoolchildren from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at Sertich Ice Center, 1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave. and receive a free public skate admission with skate rental good for the month of January. Coats will be donated to Wilson Elementary School; 385-6581 or

Through Dec. 31: “Don’t Forget Homeless Vets” holiday drive — Donations of food, furniture, kitchen items, bedding, towels, lamps, toiletries, coats and cash can be donated at the Homeless Program office at the VA Clinic building, second floor, 25 N. Spruce St. Donations can also be picked up by calling Sharon, 667-4440, Bunny, 471-8527 or Judith, 238-5667.

Through Jan 14: Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund. Annual campaign to collect donations of money and/or stock to benefit 15 local health and human services agencies. 100 percent of donations go directly to agencies, and the Bruni Foundation and El Pomar provide matching donations. More information:

Ongoing: Silver Key Holiday Project needs volunteer drivers, callers and sorters to deliver gifts to local seniors. For information, call Lisa Waltman at 884-2319 or e-mail

Ongoing: “Give Peas a Chance Campaign” to benefit the Marian House. Food and clothing drive for the needy and homeless. Donations can be made at the Liberal Store and Rainy Day Silkscreen Studio, Depart Arts District, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 104. For information, call Diann Webb, 471-2546.





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