- Sunday, December 11, 2011, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How to help
Routt County United Way will accept gift donations through Dec. 21. For more information or to give, call the United Way at 970-879-5605.
Toys for Tots
■ Sign up
There’s still time for local families struggling to provide gifts for their children to sign up for the local Toys for Tots campaign, assistant coordinator Teri Wall said.
Wall said the Toys for Tots store will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 to 22 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
She said families can sign up to receive toys for children as old as 18 until the morning of Dec. 22. Call 970-879-6184, or email Wall at email@example.com.
■ Drop-off locations in Routt County:
K. Saari Gallery
F.M. Light & Sons
Steamboat Springs A record 344 households, 1,032 people, have signed up to receive assistance from the Routt County United Way’s annual Holiday Wishes campaign, Executive Director Kelly Stanford said. And she said the number still could increase.
Stanford said last year’s campaign served 320 households, which included some that requested assistance after the deadline. She said those families have yet to come forward.
“I don’t know if that means we did a better job of having people get the forms in on time or if there are 40 to 50 households out there that will come in next week to the agencies late,” Stanford said about the local families that request assistance through local health and human service organizations.
Stanford said local donors have been matched with about 175 households to provide gifts for each family member who typically wouldn’t receive them.
She said those who apply late receive gift cards to grocery stores and Walmart, and their children receive presents from the local Toys for Tots campaign, which runs Dec. 19 to 22 and is organized by the Homebuilders Association of Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
Stanford said of the 175 households that have been matched, 70 will receive gifts through the annual Holiday Wishes party from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rex’s American Grill & Bar. The party is hosted by Steamboat Restaurant Group, Steamboat Investment Advisors, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym and the Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network.
Steamboat Restaurant Group owner Rex Brice said they still needed help to get gifts for the 70 families.
“This is a tough year,” he said. “There are more people that need gifts than ever before, and I think there fewer people available to step up to the plate to give.”
Brice said Steamboat Restaurant Group has continued the annual party, which Steamboat resident Grant Fenton started with friends, because it’s important. Brice said he hopes people will donate presents, gift cards or cash, which is required to enter the party.
Visit www.rexsholidaywishes.com to see a list of gifts that local families have requested.
Stanford said anyone who wanted to provide a single gift should drop it off at the Holiday Wishes party. She said those who would like to adopt a family should call United Way at 970-879-5605. Gifts will be accepted until Dec. 21.
“I have a lot of faith in our community, the generosity in people in our county,” Stanford said. “I’m optimistic that people in the community will help out and come together in this way.”
To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com