COLORADO SPRINGS – Lots of local and national organizations work to make sure every child has a gift for the holidays. Unfortunately, sometimes older kids get overlooked. Colorado Springs has an organization that makes it their mission to keep that from happening.
Teens With Promise works with local homeless and disadvantaged teenagers year-round to help them stay in school by providing clothing, medical/dental care, and other means of support. “I think sometimes homeless kids get a bad reputation that they’re bad kids and they’re really not,” says Executive Director Robin Cohen. “Many of them want to finish school, get out of poverty, and move on. We really try to find different ways to help them.”
On December 1, Teens With Promise will host its annual Holiday Gift Kickoff from 10:00 to 1:00 pm at their location at 5775 N Academy Blvd. They are asking the public to donate gifts for teenagers such as hoodies, other clothes, sports equipment, cosmetics like makeup, perfumes, and colognes. There’s a wish list on the organization’s website where you can find a specific item that a teenager has asked for. You can also buy gift cards or simply make a financial donation to Teens With Promise, all of which can be delivered on Saturday.
While you’re dropping off your donation, there will be activities for the whole family. Colorado Springs Police will be there with members of their SWAT team, bomb squad, and K-9 unit. There will also be a special appearance from Santa Claus.
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