Santa Cops Events

Santa Cops of Larimer County will host several upcoming events in late November.

The Santa Cops Fall/Winter Craft Sales will be until 2 p.m. today, Nov. 23, at Larimer County Building, 200 W. Oak in Fort Collins.  There will be hot cider and unique gifts galore.

A pancake breakfast will be 6-8 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25, at the Outlets of Loveland where monetary donations will be accepted.

There will also be several toy drives to help collect toys and cash donations for an annual delivery day.  The first set of Toy drives will be Nov. 26-27 at the Loveland Walmart on U.S. 287 from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. and at the Timnath Walmart.

Proceeds from the craft sale, toy drives and the pancake breakfast will give Santa Cops the ability to purchase gifts and provide financial support to the needy families of Larimer County. With the help of citizens and volunteers from the community, Santa Cops provided Christmas assistance to approximately 4,000 children in 2010.

Visit the Santa Cops website for details.

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Adopt a Family with HNS

The public is encouraged to participate in an Adopt-a-Family Christmas program. House of Neighborly Service will match people with families or seniors. You’ll shop for food and deliver it to the recipient’s home.

When HNS runs out of donors, they will deliver holiday food basket up until Christmas Eve at noon. Recipients are residents in the R2-J School District, Loveland, Berthoud and south Fort Collins.
Call 970-667-4939 for details.

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Adopt a family

Volunteers are encouraged to adopt a family and purchase gifts for individual families based on wish lists provided by clients through December.

The program is completely anonymous; volunteers are not able to meet the clients for whom they purchase gifts. If you don’t know of a needy family call a contact listed on the United Way December volunteer needs, Lauren Shulman
at 970-484-4469.

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Mentor a young person

It’s almost the holiday season and there is no better gift in town to give then matching a youth with a positive adult mentor. During this season of giving, the public is invited to invest time or to make a donation and help make a difference in youth’s lives.

The Christmas for Kids Campaign is a year-end appeal to support 70 youth in the Partners mentoring program with a goal of raising $100,000 by Dec. 31. The highlight event in this year’s campaign is a Life Skill activity that will take place Saturday, Dec. 3. Over 150 Northern Colorado youth, with adult mentors, will be set loose in local Walmarts, armed with a gift card and tasked with buying gifts for loved ones and in turn help them learn to appreciate the gift of giving.

For details, visit or call 970-484-7123.

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Thanksgiving Day Meal for Vets

The Associated Veterans of Loveland will host a Thanksgiving dinner for veterans and their families, those in need and those who are alone and want some company, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, at 305 N. Cleveland Ave.

Delivery of individual meals will also be available on Thanksgiving Day for those who are shut in. Call Ann Jenson at 667-4722 up until 10 a.m. Nov. 24, to reserve a delivered meal. Include a name, phone number, address and the number of people needing a meal in the message. Donations of food, especially dessert, and volunteers are also needed. Deliver food by Monday, especially turkeys.

Volunteers will prepare food in the days leading up to the holiday and will serve the meal.

If you have a Thanksgiving meal that needs volunteers, email us or visit our online form to submit the information.

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Secret Santas for the Elderly

The 16th Annual Secret Santas for the Elderly is seeking volunteers.

The purpose of the Santas is to bring a smile and feeling of love and encouragement to elderly by providing a loving visitor.

Volunteers will be paired with an adopted resident living in a nursing or assisted living home in Larimer County.  A list is also provided if you’d like to take a simple gift along.

For details, call Diane or Ken at 970-613-1411 or Nancy at 970-206-9569.

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Thanks from the R-H Line

“I would just like to thank all the restaurants that gave a free meal for all of us veterans. We have several that have done that each and every year and we appreciate that. So we just want to say thank you to all the restaurants that help us out on Veterans Day.”

“A huge thank you to the person who found my prescription glasses in Sam’s parking lot on Tuesday and turned them into Lost and Found. We’re so blessed to have people like you living here in Loveland.”

“I would just like to give a thanks to the great folks at Belmire Landscape on 287 up above Derby Hill. On my way to take my mom for a medical appointment I ran out of gas in front of them and they were of great service and helpful. We thank these good people.”

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Tips for Single Parents

Single parents who need a single hand are invited to learn how to make healthy nutritious meals on a shoestring budget on the First Saturday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at New Freedom Outreach Center, 171-175 S. Madison Ave. Explore creative and time saving tips to provide your family with healthy and nutritious meals.

Meet other single parents, taste delicious recipes and pick up a ready to freeze meal for your family. All services are free but donations are greatly appreciated.

– Submitted by Cindy Rinus of Loveland through News: By You

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Stop by the clothing fair!

The Loveland Boys & Girls Club is helping local families by collecting clothing to help make the holidays warmer for the community. The Boys & Girls Club will host a clothing fair on Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at 2500 E. First St., Loveland.

Families can come in and get free clothing for themselves and their children or bring in old clothes that don’t fit and trade for other clothing. Make a larger donation to support the Larimer County community here . For details, call 970-663-5450.

– Posted by Angie McMillen of Loveland in News: By You.

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Operation Christmas Child

Drop off shoe box gifts during National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child from Nov. 14-21 at LifeSpring Church, 743 S. Dotsero Drive. This is the peak of the year-round project of Samaritan’s Purse.

Shoe box gifts will be sent to children all over the world. Shoe boxes can be dropped off 3-5 p.m. Nov. 14-18; 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 19; noon-3 p.m., Nov. 20 and 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 21. Operation Christmas Child uses whatever means necessary to reach suffering children around the world including sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and even dog sleds.

Tracking technology also allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the EZ Give donation form found at  For details, visit the website.

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