Arapahoe County Partnering for the Holidays
Share the season with neighbors in need!
Partnering for the Holidays creates a special holiday season for local individuals and families in need. The program was created by employees of Arapahoe County Human Services and is a charitable program of the non-profit organization, Arapahoe County Foundation.
Partnering for the Holidays provides holiday gifts for Arapahoe County residents who are involved as clients with Arapahoe County Human Services. The program benefits those who may otherwise go without during the holiday season, including children and adults in crisis, victims of abuse or neglect, or those experiencing financial hardship.
We partner with community members like you from across the metro-Denver area who generously donate new holiday gifts for these families. Families have told us what they really appreciate is experiencing the joy that others receive when they find just that right gift for their family members.
Due to COVID restrictions and the need to take everybody’s health and safety into consideration, a few changes will be made to this year’s program. Typically we host a Winter Wonderland Gift Shop where families come and “shop” for gifts. This year, we will host a Winter Wonderland Gift Closet. The closet will be available to department staff to access gifts and “shop” on behalf of the family. Caseworkers will deliver the gifts directly to the family’s home or families will be able to schedule a time to pick up the gifts instead. In the end, we are still blessing families in need with gifts they would have otherwise gone without.
General Items on Wish Lists
In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID, we are asking you to highly consider only donating gift cards (increments of $25) this year. This allows us to sanitize the gifts and reduce the number of “hands” that touch each gift before providing it to the family. If you feel compelled to buy an actual item (we know it’s hard to stick to just gift cards), please consider the suggested gifts below. These are the items that our families, children and adults need most.
General gifts: Here is an Amazon wish list we put together for your convenience.
Teens: Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards (Chipotle, Amazon, Game Stop, McDonalds, Panda Express, Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, etc), nail polish beauty kits, make up, lotion sets, perfume/cologne, headphones/ear buds, skateboards, baseball mitt, football, basketball, soccer ball, Broncos gear, Hydroflask water bottles, journals (We never have enough gifts for teens).
Elementary: Legos, National Geographic toys, slime, science and craft kits, Barbies, super hero action figures, painting and coloring kits, American Girl type dolls, baseball mitts, football, soccer ball, basketball and skateboard, scooter, headphones, RC cars, and electronic games, Hydroflask water bottles, journals.
Preschool: Legos, puzzles, trucks, dolls, books, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, learn how to dress dolls from Playskool (all races represented), Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Princesses and Super Heroes, dinosaurs and all things Frozen.
Toddler: Princess anything, Tonka trucks, Sesame Street, Frozen, Super Heroes, stuffed animals, Baby Einstein and Vtech learning toys, board books.
Infants: Teething rings, play mats, Baby Einstein toys and Vtech toys, musical toys, rattles, soft sided books, stroller toys, Light up toys (ex: glow worms), soft trucks and soft baby dolls (all races represented).
Moms and Dads: Gift cards to Sephora, Hair/Nail/Massage Salon, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bath & Body Works, TJ Maxx, Ross, Home Depot/Lowes, cologne/perfume, Fast Food.
General: warm, fuzzy blankets for all ages/genders, family games, family puzzles, socks.
*** No violent toys/weapons please.
We hope to provide each family a small roll of wrapping paper, bows and/or gift bags for their gifts. Please consider including these items in your donation.
Consider donating new or gently used winter gear: gloves, scarves, coats and hats.
Donation Drop-off Instructions
New and unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at two different locations beginning Oct 1, 2021 until Dec. 1, 2021 (All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law):
Arapahoe County Human Services
14980 E. Alameda Dr., Aurora, CO 80012 (2nd floor lobby)
Arapahoe County Human Services
1690 W. Littleton Blvd, Littleton CO, 80120 (2nd Floor lobby)
M-F 8am- 4:30pm
*Gifts may also be shipped to Kala Slater at 14980 E. Alameda Dr., Aurora, CO 80012.
You can donate online using a credit card or electronic funds transfer, or mail a check payable to 'Arapahoe County Foundation Partnering for the Holidays', 14980 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora, CO 80012
All funds and gifts go directly to gifts for our clients in-need. Partnering for the Holidays is a program of the Arapahoe County Foundation, an exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contributions may be tax-deductible.
Some families will be picking up their gifts at a central location. Please consider volunteering to help with this process. Email HumanServicesPartneringfortheHolidays@arapahoegov.com.
Contact Kala Slater, Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager at HumanServicesPartneringfortheHolidays@arapahoegov.com.