In its fourth year, the annual Precious Gift Program is well under way.
The program is sponsored by A Precious Child, a nonprofit organization devoted to making a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children and families by improving their quality of life.
The program provides gifts for children who are living in shelters or foster homes in the north metro-Denver area, and those facing challenges.
Last year the program provided gifts for more than 4,000 children, and this year the program is set to provide gifts for more than 5,000 children.
“Every year we rely heavily on the support from the community to provide holiday gifts for children who would otherwise have been without them,” said Courtney Rogers, director of programs for A Precious Child. “This year we have been overwhelmed with requests, and we are hoping, with the help from the community, to fulfill the holiday wishes of all of the children in need.”
Community members can participate in the Precious Gift Program by organizing a toy drive; hosting a giving tree, which is hung with gift tags for a chosen number of children; or by sponsoring a child, family or list of children.
Rogers said individual sponsors are encouraged to donate $50 online at www.apreciouschild.org, which would sponsor one child’s wish list.
She said for larger groups, such as businesses, the giving tree is a great option because each person or employee can sponsor a child on the giving tree.
”Our goal is to bring normalcy to these children and families during the holidays,” she said. “We want the parents to feel empowered that they are able to provide for their children, and we want the children to feel the joy of waking up on Christmas morning with a gift under the tree.”
Members of A Precious Child will collect toys until Christmas Eve at the A Precious Child giving tree in the food court at FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield.
People can also choose a child to sponsor from the giving tree.
“The best part of the Precious Gift Program is how it is truly a collaborative effort. We partner with over 30 different social service agencies to collect the gift wishes of the children who are most in need,” Rogers said. “We then partner with the community in order to fulfill these children’s wishes. With everyone’s help, we are all able to make a difference in a child’s life.”