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Toys for Tots starts distribution in Routt County

Group still looking for gifts

How to help

Toys for Tots donations will be accepted through Thursday at Bud Werner Memorial Library or any of several drop-off locations in town. Toys for Tots is in need of gifts for teens, girls ages 4 to 12, winter clothing and blankets. Toys must be new, with the exception of bicycles. Clothing and blankets can be gently used. Call Teri Wall at 970-640-7505 or 970-879-6184 for more information.

To sign up

Families interested in receiving toys and winter clothing through Toys for Tots can sign up by visiting the Routt County United Way office, 1125 Lincoln Ave.

Drop-off locations

■ All That Jazz

■ Alpiner Lodge

■ City Market

■ Embellishments

■ Epilogue Book Co.

■ F.M. Light & Sons

■ Laurel Street School & Family Center

■ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

■ One Steamboat Place front desk

■ Steamboat Motors

■ Wildhorse Salon

■ Safeway

■ Sheraton Steamboat Resort

■ Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. office

How to help

Toys for Tots donations will be accepted through Thursday at Bud Werner Memorial Library or any of several drop-off locations in town. Toys for Tots is in need of gifts for teens, girls ages 4 to 12, winter clothing and blankets. Toys must be new, with the exception of bicycles. Clothing and blankets can be gently used. Call Teri Wall at 970-640-7505 or 970-879-6184 for more information.

To sign up

Families interested in receiving toys and winter clothing through Toys for Tots can sign up by visiting the Routt County United Way office, 1125 Lincoln Ave.



Drop-off locations

■ All That Jazz



■ Alpiner Lodge

■ City Market

■ Embellishments

■ Epilogue Book Co.

■ F.M. Light & Sons

■ Laurel Street School & Family Center

■ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

■ One Steamboat Place front desk

■ Steamboat Motors

■ Wildhorse Salon

■ Safeway

■ Sheraton Steamboat Resort

■ Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. office

— Toys for Tots opened its store Sunday at Bud Werner Memorial Library and gave away gifts to 25 families, organizer Teri Wall said.

The store will provide gifts to families that have signed up from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Thursday at the library. But Wall said Toys for Tots will need a little help if organizers are going to be able to give presents to 541 children who have been signed up to receive them.

“I’m determined to have something for every one of them on Christmas, (even) if I need to beg,” said Wall, of the Homebuilders Association of Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Wall said Toys for Tots needs gifts for teens, up to age 18, and for girls ages 4 to 12. She recommended Walmart or prepaid Visa gift cards, especially for teens. She said with the exception of bicycles, which need to be in good working order, all toys need to be new.

She said Toys for Tots doesn’t need any more donations of the board game Candy Land, or items for babies.

Toys for Tots also provides winter clothing, including coats and gloves, and blankets. She said they could use more of all those items, which can be used but need to be clean and without tears or broken zippers.

Wall said Toys for Tots operates like a toy store, except everything is free. She said parents — children aren’t allowed to enter the store — can pick out two toys for each of their children and choose between a ball, stuffed animal or game, for a total of three gifts per child. Parents also can pick out two stocking stuffers, smaller items, for their children.

For Spanish-speaking families, an interpreter will be available to provide assistance from 8 a.m. to noon today and Tuesday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

After parents pick out toys, Wall said, they can choose whatever they need from the selection of winter clothing and blankets.

“If you need help, you need help,” she said. “You can still be working and need a coat. You can be working and need toys for your kids. That’s what Toys for Tots is all about. We’ve all had our rough times, and this year is the roughest.”

Wall said the need increased this year. She said last year, Toys for Tots served 229 families, most with two children.

There’s still time to register. Families can sign up by visiting the Routt County United Way office. For more information, call 970-879-5605.

Wall understands that times are tough, but having received gifts from Toys for Tots as a child, she implored people to donate.

“You give and give and give until it hurts and it does hurt,” she said. “But you’re giving someone else’s kid a Christmas when they otherwise wouldn’t have one.”

For more information, call Wall at 970-640-7505 or 970-879-6184.


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