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CSPD and Teens with Promise hold gift drive for youth in need

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The Colorado Springs Police Department is collecting toys for children in need until December 12. 

The department has participated in 28 toy drives over the years, but for the last nine years they have teamed up with the Teens with Promise in helping many of the youth over 12 years old that may be forgotten during this time of year.

CSPD says toys and gifts for kids of all ages will be accepted.

Collection boxes area available in the lobbies of each Colorado Springs Police station, including the Police Operations Center. Those interested in dropping off gifts, can drop off new, unwrapped gifts into the collection boxes, day or night.

The Holiday Gift Drive was created after many local agencies had been providing gifts to younger children, but very few to those over the age of 12.

CSPD has partnered with Teens with Promise in hopes to change that.

Teens with Promise is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged teens build positive self-esteem and resiliency. Gifts needed for the teens are CD players, MP3 players, art supplies, electronics, gift cards, makeup, hair accessories, hoodies and jeans. 

Officers with CSPD will identify families that may not have the resources to provide gifts for children, through their daily routines. In Colorado Springs Police tradition, officers and Colorado Springs Explorer Cadets along with Santa will deliver the gifts to children on Dec 16. 

In past holiday seasons, CSPD has donated approximately 400 children to the Colorado Springs area.

A Holiday Gift Drive event will be held in the parking lot at Garbanzo's at 3779 Bloomington St on Dec 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a gift for a child in need, along with a visit with the big man while enjoying games and prizes. 

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