Go AutoFor Over 20 Years AutoNation Has Partnered With Colorado Law Enforcement And The KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children. 

Now Thru December 13th, Bring A New, Unwrapped Toy Or Cash Donation To Any One Of Our 18 AutoNation Showrooms Or Collision Centers. CLICK HERE for the list.


If You’re Already Sponsoring A Child, Bring The Gift Directly To The KYGO Christmas Crusade Headquarters at 7075 W. Hampden Ave. in Lakewood Or Call 303-322-Kids.

Call the 2013 KYGO Christmas Crusade Hotline brought to you by the DCCU at 303-322-KIDS and help a child have a brighter Christmas. 

Reach further with Denver Community Credit Union. You can also bring your toys and cash donations to any of Denver Community Credit Union's three locations. Visit their website for location details.

KYGO CHRISTMAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN

First organized in 1983 by a small group of “Santa Cops,” the Christmas Crusade for Children is a program designed to enable city and state police and sheriff’s department personnel to bring the joy of Christmas morning to underprivileged children. Today, law enforcement agencies continue the work of familiarizing themselves with individual family situations, and specifically with the needs and holiday “wish lists” of the children. Through 2012, the Christmas Crusade has touched over 218,500 kids, thanks to the combined outreach by thousands of officers, KYGO listeners, major businesses and concerned individual Coloradoans.

HOW THE KYGO CHRISTMAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN WORKS

Law enforcement officers nominate children in need. Each officer warrants that they have personal knowledge of each child, and agrees to pick up donated gifts at Crusade Headquarters, to be personally delivered to each child by Christmas Day. The children’s names are entered into the Christmas Crusade computer system, wherein each child is given an identification number. This allows each child to be confidentially tracked throughout the process. KYGO on-air personalities talk about individual children, using first names, gender and ages only, soliciting pledges of new, unwrapped toys. 

Listeners respond by calling the Christmas Crusade hotline. Sponsors follow up by bringing their gifts to the Crusade Headquarters (7075 W. Hampden Rd & Reed St.) where they are bagged, tagged and passed along to the child’s nominating officer for delivery. Gifts for unsponsored children are purchased through cash donations to the Christmas Crusade, a non-profit organization as described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

THE PURPOSE OF THE KYGO CHRISTMAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN

Our purpose is to brighten the spirits of children who would not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning, and to present police officers as positive figures in their lives. It is community policing at its best, delivering a message of heartfelt caring and concern for children. The Christmas Crusade for Children is a 501(c ) (3) non-profit organization, Federal ID # 84-1127073.












FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Do I Sponsor a Child?
Call 303-322-KIDS (5437) anytime between 7:30am and 7:00pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am - 6:00pm On Saturday and Sunday starting Monday, November 25, 2013 through December 20, 2013. December 15th is the deadline for sponsoring a specific child, but you can still make general donations through December 20th. The officer who answers can identify a child who is in need and give you ideas about what the child needs or wants.

I Have Called In and Sponsored a Child, What Should I Do Now?
Thank you for your generous donation! Once you have sponsored a child and selected a gift, please bring it to KYGO Christmas Crusade Headquarters at 7075 W. Hampden Avenue. Please write down the first name and child identification number that you were given on the phone and affix it to your gift. Please don't wrap any gifts. You may bring the gifts anytime before the deadline on December 15th, but the sooner the better.

Where can I drop off gifts?
If you have called in and sponsored a specific child, you MUST deliver your gifts to 7075 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood, on or before December 15th.  If you would like to donate to the Crusade for any child, you may drop off general gifts at 7075 West Hampden Avenue, or participating AutoNation dealerships until December 13th, 2013.

Can I Donate Money to the KYGO Christmas Crusade?
We welcome monetary donations. You may donate via check or credit card.
To donate via check, please make it out to "KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children" and mail to:

KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children
7800 E. Orchard Road - Suite 400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

To donate via credit card, call 303-322-KIDS, on or after November 25th.

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
Yes. The KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children is a 501c-3 organization. You may pick up a nonprofit tax donation letter when you drop off your donation. Tax donation letters are also mailed to those donating via credit card or check.

Does the Crusade Accept Corporate Donations?
Yes! The KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children relies on the generosity of local businesses. Whether your business is big or small, we welcome your partnership. Please call 303-322-KIDS on or after November 25th and ask to speak to a supervisor to find out how to partner with us.

Should I wrap the gifts I donate?
Please do not wrap the gifts. We check each of the thousands of gifts we deliver to ensure that each gift is age- and gender-appropriate. Before officers deliver the gifts, we wrap them in Christmas Crusade bags and tag them with special labels.

What types of items should I donate?
If you do not choose a specific child with specific gift request or needs, you may donate any number of items that will still be given to a child in need. Frequently requested items include learning games and toys (especially for young children), clothing shoes, winter coats, winter boots, books, CDs, bicycles, dolls, sports equipment, art supplies and toiletries.

Do you accept donation of lightly used toys, clothes, etc.?
We only accept new items. We recommend donating lightly used items to Goodwill Industries or ARC thrift stores.

Do you accept donations of food?
Generally we do not accept food donations. However, there are many organizations that do, including the Volunteers of America at 303-297-0407 and the Jeffco Action Center at 303-237-7704.

How are the children receiving gifts identified?
Christmas Crusade relies on law enforcement officers having personal knowledge of children from their time working on the streets and in the schools. When an officer personally knows a child in need, he or she nominates that child to be a Christmas Crusade recipient. The officer will later personally deliver the gifts to the child on or before Christmas Day.

Can I nominate my own family or another family to receive gifts?
Christmas Crusade does not accept self-nominations or nominations from the community directly. Only law enforcement officers participating in the Christmas Crusade may nominate kids to receive gifts.

What are the hours of operation for Christmas Crusade Headquarters?
Headquarters is open from November 25th through December 20th. Crusade headquarters will be staffed from 7:30am to 7:00pm on weekdays and 9:00am to 6:00pm on Weekends.  Local police and sheriff’s departments will take turns staffing the office.

Does the program also help children who do not celebrate Christmas?
Despite its name, Christmas Crusade is meant to benefit any and all children in need during the winter holidays. So whether a child celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, the men and women of Colorado law enforcement are happy to help make winter a little warmer for them
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