Gifts needed for 35 families in Christmas Wishes drive

United Way has 165 families matched up

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To donate cash or gift cards in any amount, call the United Way at 879-5605 or go to the United Way offices, 1125 Lincoln Ave.

— Thirty-five local families still are seeking donors to meet their last-minute requests in the Routt County United Way’s annual Christmas Wishes program, but 165 families already have been matched.

The program matches local families with donors, who buy gifts for each of the family members. The deadline for submitting a list of requests was Nov. 30, United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said, and United Way instead is seeking grocery and Walmart gift cards for the 35 families that signed up after the deadline. The children in those families also will be eligible for the Toys for Tots program.

All families that submitted their requests before Nov. 30 have been matched.

“We’re taking people on that list on a first-come, first-served basis, and we’ll let them know next week if we can help them,” Stanford said.

The matching program is designed to get each family member gifts worth about $50, but for the final 35 families, Stanford said the United Way is seeking $50 to $100 of Walmart gift cards and $50 of grocery gift cards, though families with more people may receive more.

“We’ll try to meet that need in an equitable fashion,” she said.

The last families will not be matched up directly with donors, and donations will be pooled. Stanford said donations of any amount would help.

The United Way has “a couple thousand dollars” set aside for the families but not enough to reach their goal without additional donors, Stanford said.

To donate cash or gift cards in any amount, call the United Way at 879-5605 or go to the United Way offices, 1125 Lincoln Ave.

— To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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