GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) – It was a great turnout on Tuesday for CBS4’s Care 4 Colorado Emergency Toy Drive, but it’s not over yet. Toy donations are still needed for thousands of children and can be donated at any King Soopers up until Christmas Eve.
It’s happened many times — what a difference a warm front makes. The first toy drive was held last week when it was bitter cold. A lot of folks weren’t even leaving their homes, much less going out to a Kings Soopers to drop off a toy.
By 6 p.m. on Tuesday hundreds of toys were piled up at the King Soopers store in Glendale. The toys will be put on one of the trucks going out to the great children at the Boys and Girls Club.
The giving began early Tuesday morning. Santa Claus was up before the sun and came with a truck full of toys and the folks from the Optimist Club of South Monaco.
“You guys saw a need, you got it together and brought a pickup truck full of toys,” CBS4’s Alan Gionet told an Optimist Club member.
“It was real exciting for us when you can rally the troops around something really neat like the Boys and Girls Club and their need; everybody steps up,” the man said.
Patty Steelman really stepped up by spending her budget for clients’ gifts on toys for the children.
“It started with one toy and it made me feel so good, and I thought, ‘This is what it is all about,’ “ Steelman said.
One gentleman who used to own a gift shop with his spouse and retired years ago realized they had dozens of brand-new stuffed toys and decided to bring them in.
A 5-year-old boy also came in with a bunch of toys for small children. He said he realized a lot of children won’t have anything if he didn’t help.
From 5 years up to 85, all sorts of folks came in to make donations.