The community’s Santa Claus |

The community’s Santa Claus

We can think of at least 293 reasons to contribute to the Christmas for Kids program here in Craig.

That’s how many children received gifts last year and 325 children benefited from the program two years ago children whose holiday seasons may not have been so bright without local support.

As with the overwhelming success of this year’s United Way fund-raiser, which pulled in more than $325,000, this community’s generosity continues to show the caring and compassion that characterizes Moffat County as a special place to live.

Christmas for Kids is locally driven and the gifts donated are distributed only to Moffat County children.

More than 100 low-income families already have qualified for the program this year.

A toy drive kicks off Monday at Centennial Mall through the efforts of radio station KRAI.

People can donate toys until Dec. 20 at the radio station, at American Northwest Realty or any bank in town.

Toys will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 485 Yampa Ave. on Dec. 21.

Another way people can help to make sure children receive presents on Christmas Day is the Giving Tree at Kmart. Ornaments adorn the tree that specify a certain child’s age and sex. People can pick up an ornament and buy that child a gift, returning the gift with the ornament to one of the drop-off locations.

We urge those residents who can afford to help the Christmas for Kids to open up their hearts and make this program the continued success that it is.

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