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Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors still accepting donations

Ben McCanna

Employee Holly Berkoff walks past the Christmas for Seniors Giving Tree on Friday at Murdoch’s. The paper angels that hang from the tree list gift requests from local seniors. Donations for seniors will be accepted at Murdoch’s through noon Wednesday.

Employee Holly Berkoff walks past the Christmas for Seniors Giving Tree on Friday at Murdoch's. The paper angels that hang from the tree list gift requests from local seniors. Donations for seniors will be accepted at Murdoch's through noon Wednesday.Ben McCanna

At a glance

• Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors still accepting donations and gifts.

•Amber Kawcak said Christmas for Kids needs bicycle helmets, sleds, remote-control cars and gifts for teenage boys.

• The organization has collected enough gifts for girls, Kawcak said.

• Unwrapped gifts will be accepted through Monday at the United Way of Moffat County, 600 Yampa Ave.

• Margaret Culverwell said Christmas for Seniors is accepting gifts through noon Wednesday at Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way, and Murdoch's, 2355 W. Victory Way.

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Amber Kawcak, organizer for Christmas for Kids, said boys are tougher to shop for than girls.

"Girls are a piece of cake. We've got them covered," Kawcak said of this year's gift drive. "It's boys gifts that we still need."

Kawcak said the two-day KRAI Holiday Drive was a success, but her organization still needs bicycle helmets, sleds, remote-control cars and more.

"We still need teenage boy stuff, like camping gear and flashlights, teenage games, sports balls, handheld electronic games and board games that are age appropriate," she said. "I'm pretty good on fishing poles, so I don't need any of those."

Kawcak said the holiday drive raised less in monetary donations than last year, but the number of toys was similar.

She estimated 2,000 toys were collected.

However, the need for toys is greater this year, Kawcak said.

"The numbers of children enrolled in the program are up this year, so I'm going to need a little bit more," she said.

As of Thursday, more than 300 children were enrolled, Kawcak said. She expected that more families would sign up throughout the day Friday.

Kawcak said unwrapped gift donations will be accepted through Monday at the United Way of Moffat County, 600 Yampa Avenue.

Call 970-261-0545 with questions.

Margaret Culverwell, organizer for Christmas for Seniors, said gift ideas can be found on Christmas trees at Kmart and Murdoch's.

The "Giving Trees," she said, are adorned with paper angels that list seniors' requests.

"Shoppers can go in, take one of the ornaments off, purchase the gift and then put it unwrapped in a box under the tree," Culverwell said.

Culverwell also said cash donations have been down this year, but gift-giving has gone up.

"People were very generous to the seniors this year," she said.

However, more seniors have signed up for the program.

"Applications are up 26 percent from last year," Culverwell said.

Culverwell said any Moffat County resident older than age 62 is eligible for a gift.

"It's really not designed for the needy," she said. "There are some seniors who are well-to-do and have a lot of money, but they don't have family and don't get presents."

Culverwell said the average gift costs $25.

Donations will be accepted through noon Wednesday at Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way, and Murdoch's, 2355 W. Victory Way.

Culverwell said gift requests can be found at both locations.

At a glance

• Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors still accepting donations and gifts.

•Amber Kawcak said Christmas for Kids needs bicycle helmets, sleds, remote-control cars and gifts for teenage boys.

• The organization has collected enough gifts for girls, Kawcak said.

• Unwrapped gifts will be accepted through Monday at the United Way of Moffat County, 600 Yampa Ave.

• Margaret Culverwell said Christmas for Seniors is accepting gifts through noon Wednesday at Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way, and Murdoch’s, 2355 W. Victory Way.

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