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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The CBS4 Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. 81% of members qualify for free and reduced lunch. Many of the children won’t get anything for Christmas other than the fitness they get at the club.

Amber Corbett, 14, has a new part-time job at the Boettcher branch of the Boys & Girls Club. She’s a junior staff member working in the kitchen and in the learning center.

“I can only work two hours a day, so I’ll help the staff whenever they need it,” Corbett told CBS4.

Corbett has been a member of the club for 8 years. She loves the activities and programs, and has always been helpful around the club. She glad now to be paid for her work so that she can use the money to help out at home.

“Most of the time I help my parents out because my Mom and Dad get disability. So I give them some money usually whenever they need it to help out,” Corbett explained.

Christmas has always been a special time for Amber.

“When I was little, I was always excited because you always got new stuff.”

But now at 14-years old and knowing that the bills have to get paid first, Amber realizes Christmas will be different this year, a little less exciting.

“It’s been hard for them to do what they used to, but they still try their best,” she said of her parents.

You can make the holidays exciting for Amber and all the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver by making a donation to the CBS4 Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive. Donation bins are in all Metro area King Soopers stores until December 31st.

- Written for the Web by CBS4 Special Projects Producer Libby Smith

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