(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Gives Day gives people the chance to give back to charities that are close to home Tuesday.

Colorado Gives Day was started in 2010 by the Community First Foundation. They wanted to increase giving within the state.

The coloradogives.org website gives people easy access to profiles on more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations in the state. It also makes donating to a favorite charity easy.

Last year Colorado Gives Day took in $15 million in donations.

Many other nonprofits are also using the day to reach out to their supporters.

CBS4 partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to collect new unwrapped toys. The Boys and Girls Clubs serve some of the poorest neighborhoods in the metro area. Many of their members would not get anything for Christmas if it were not for the gifts they receive courtesy of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

CBS4’s Alan Gionet was a member when he was a boy and knows their good works.

“You want to see the spirit of Christmas over the holidays? All you have to do is go to the Boys and Girls Club because these are the people who give every day of the year and they give to these kids the gift of importance. And that’s kind of what you need to do to add your gift so the kids know they’re important,” said Gionet.

The clubs pride themselves in fostering a sense of community every single day through activities like art and sports. They offer hot meals and help with homework and they’re changing children’s lives.

“Around people I used to be really shy and I’m still shy, but that changed me because I like to go to new stuff and meet new people,” said 11-year-old club member Kati.

You can drop of a new unwrapped toy at any Front Range King Soopers or stop by the CBS4 studios right here at 1044 Lincoln Street.

Or you can go to coloradogives.org and make a cash donation to the Boys And Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.


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