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93rd Annual Christmas Unlimited Toy Drive has begun

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If you have any gently used toys you or your kids aren't playing with anymore, the 93rd Annual Christmas Unlimited Toy Drive has begun. The Christmas Unlimited is known for its holiday toy distribution program. 

The program has been around for 93 years, and takes pride in fulfilling its mission of helping families during the holidays. This year's Toy Drive has already begun and will continue through Christmas with multiple ways to donate toys and cash this year.

The Executive Director for 26 years Bob Tretheway, passed away earlier this year. The program says he was committed to supporting families through holiday toy and school supply distribution programs.

He has been referred to as Colorado Springs' Santa Claus. Bob's wish was to continue to serve local families, so that's what Christmas Unlimited is doing. 

Along with the toy drive, an Ugly Sweater Fest will be held Saturday Dec 2, at Norris Penrose Indoor Event Center from 1-4 p.m. Tickets will include unlimited sampling of local foods, handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine. Those who participate in the Ugly Sweater Fest, the winner with the most hideous Christmas sweater can win a $1,000 grand prize. 

If you are willing to donate five toys or more, ZTrip is offering to pick up the toy donations at Colorado Springs businesses or homes for free through Dec 2. Pick up days and times are Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also donate toys at any of the 22 Colorado Springs Fire Stations. 

Lastly, there is a GoFundMe fundraiser for former Executive Director Bob Tretheway called the "Christmas Wish." If you would like to donate to the fund, visit https://www.gofundme.com/bobs-christmas-wish.

Christmas Unlimited is located at 2204 E Boulder St, hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information on the Ugly Sweater Fest, tickets, how to schedule a ZTrip pick up, or drop off locations for CSFD please visit: http://uglysweaterfest.com/.

Suggested toys to donate (newly and gently used):

  •  Traditional board games (Monopoly, Chess, Battleship, etc.)
  •  Sporting goods (especially balls of all kinds)
  •  Building sets (Legos, Lincoln Logs, Mega Blocks) • Play kitchen items (utensils and play food)
  •  Dolls and action figures • Personal care items for older children (only new)
  •  Electronic items (MP3 players, cameras, games) • Bicycles with 16" and 20" wheels, scooters, wagons
  •  Arts & craft items, science, and collection kits
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