Denver Santa Claus Shop is collecting new toys for local children in need, many of whom otherwise might not have a toy to open during the Holidays. DSCS expects to serve 13,000 youngsters this year.
“Our mission is ‘A Toy for Every Girl & Boy,’ and nothing, including COVID, keeps us from giving toys to kids in need,” said Scott Hamburg, President of DSCS. “We’ll do an outdoor Shop again this year because of COVID.”
DSCS will have a “drive-thru” free toy giveaway in December instead of its traditional Toy Shop where Clients actually shop – choosing toys for their children. This aims to make Clients and volunteers safe as COVID lingers.
Families in need are invited to DSCS by local Social Service Agencies and Community Partners. Parents will drive up to receive NEW toys based on their children’s ages and gender. DSCS serves children ages newborn through 11 years old – and cannot accept any used toys or any new or used stuffed animals due to COVID.
Donations can be made online and in person. Companies or schools may hold Toy Drives or collect money to buy new toys for the Shop. Many retail partners are toy drop-off sites, including Denver Mattress, Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Dirty Duck Bar, Joy’s Consigned Furnishings, Happy Canyon Flowers, Prose Nails and Four Seasons Hotel.
DSCS’s website — denversantaclausshop.org — has details on its Amazon and Walmart Toy Wish Lists plus how families can register to receive free toys. DSCS is a volunteer-run, nondenominational 501(c)(3) nonprofit celebrating its 91st year. It has helped well over 1 million local children in need in its long history.