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Christmas Toys for Girls and Boys collecting presents through Dec. 15

Employees from the Napa Auto Parts store in Gypsum drop off donations to the Chrismas Toys for Girls and Boys program at the Gypsum Stor-N-Lock. The business will be collection toy donations through Dec. 15.

GYPSUM — On Christmas morning, every child should find a surprise under the tree.

So, in western Eagle County for the second year Rebecca Kasper, the manager of Stor-N-Lock in Gypsum, is working hard to make sure that happens.

“It was such a wonderful thing last year that we are going to keep doing it,” said Kasper.

Kasper has partnered with Eagle County Child Protective Servies for the the “Christmas Toys for Girls & Boys” program to address the community need.

“Here in Eagle County, we have over 500 families who will be attempting to celebrate Christmas with no way to purchase toys for their children,” said Kasper.

New unwrapped toys donations can be dropped off in brightly wrapped boxes located at several locations including Stor-N-Lock on Air Park Drive in Gypsum, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Eagle, Colorado Community Banks locations, Alpine Bank locations, Edward Jones Kevin Brubeck, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and all Slifer, Smith and Frampton locations.

Efforts by the Salvation Army and Adopt-A-Family reach many families during the holiday season, but the need extends even beyond what these programs provide. So the idea behind this toy drive is simply to meet expressed needs without the necessity of paperwork. The toys will go to families that the county has identified as struggling a bit this Christmas. Kasper also noted that while younger children are easy to shop for, older kids also deserve a Merry Christmas. Gift cards — for local businesses, national retailers or internet retailers — are a big hit for teens.

Toys will be collected through Dec. 15 and the county services team will then gather the boxes and fill their lists. County workers will also deliver the presents.

Any local businesses interested in helping collect toys or that swants to make a cash donation for the program can contact Kasper at (970) 524-7867.