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Nov 28, 2009 4:53 PM by Andy Koen

Shopping for Santa Bob on Black Friday

Among the throngs of holiday shoppers hitting the stores in Colorado Springs early on Black Friday is a group of power shoppers from the Bob Telmosse Foundation.

Carol Reinert,(formerly Telmosse), has been shopping Black Friday and during the Thanksgiving Weekend for the annual Christmas giveaway since 1987 because she says, the discounts allow them to stretch their budget further.

"We're shopping a lot for toys on Black Friday because we get really great prices on toys right now," Reinert said.

The Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway helps families in Colorado Springs to to enjoy the holiday when they otherwise couldn't afford it by providing a turkey dinner, toys for the kids, and gifts for mom and dad.

It's a tradition that began with a hoax when an phony newspaper ad ran saying that Bob was giving away free food at his store, the Denver Furniture Warehouse.

"He went out into his furniture store and here were all these people waiting for free food and he had none," Reinert remembers.  "So, he told them to come back the next day and he went and bought the food himself, and thus became the giveaway."

The foundation expects to help upwards of 8,000 people at this year's giveaway.  They can't afford to buy everything they'll need alone.  So, they're asking shoppers to pick up a little something extra this weekend and drop it off as a donation.

"This year, we're going to have a lot people in need," Reinert said. "We really need a lot of donations and a lot of help so no one gets turned away."

The 2009 Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway takes place Monday, December 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Citadel Mall near the Burlington Coat Factory.

Collection trailers for donations are located at the mall near the food court parking lot.  Volunteers are on hand to accept donations weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.

New and used bicycles can be dropped off at Ted's Bicycles, 3016 N. Hancock, near Fillmore.

Other collection sites include:

All Colorado Springs area Diamond Shamrock locations

All Colorado Springs area Quest Diagnostics Centers

Hot Tub Heaven, 4039 Tutt Blvd.

Andrews Orthodontics, 1750 Telstar Dr. #100

Rockrimmon Chiropractic, 425 Rockrimmon Blvd. #100

Kelly D. Oneal, DDS 415 Rockrimmon Blvd. #200

Salon Bella, 529 N. Tejon St.

Phases Accounting, 1670 Paonia St. (Near Palmer Park & Powers)

Astrozon Laundry, 2420 S. Academy Blvd.

For more information on the giveaway or to make a donation online, visit santa-bob.org

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