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Colorado Springs Beacon (Newspaper) - December 1, 1990, Colorado Springs, Colorado Making Christmas for needy Anne Brown collecting and refurbishing toys counting Puzzle pieces making doll clothes washing stuffed animals assigning Point values and packaging thousands of toys is a year around project for the volunteers and staff of Christmas unlimited a nonprofit organization that makes Christmas for children whose families need help. They have switched into High gear As they prepare to distribute toys to an estimated 5,000 children this year. From december i through december 24, parents May shop by appointment at the Christmas unlimited store in space donated by Chapel Hills mall. Depending on the number of children and the number of toys each Parent is Given a certain number of a a Points to spend for each child. In addition some of the books and puzzles and stocking stuffers Are Given for a free a using none of the allotted Points. Wrapping paper ribbon and bows if available Are also Given to parents. Pregnant women and mothers of newborns receive baby gift packages containing baby clothes sleepers a receiving Blanket and toys. Shelves Are continue Day restocked from the Mountain of toys stored in the Back room so that All parents have a Good selection. Clients Are referred by schools social service agencies churches and neighbors. After receiving a referral a Christmas unlimited Volunteer will Call the Parent to see if he or she needs help. This year volunteers Are also trying to locate homeless families through the shelters. Christmas unlimited especially needs sleepers for newborns said Carolyn Gurney assistant manager at the Chapel Hills store. And it needs toys for children seven to 12 years old. Barbie dolls and accessories Are always in demand. Also in Short Supply Are bicycles and wagons and a a in items like teenage mutant ninja turtles. For older girls jewelry boxes jewelry make up mirrors comb and Brush sets Are popular gifts. The older children also like Craft kits paints Art supplies and Art kits scientific games musical instruments transistor radios especially with ear phones bats All kinds of balls and sports equipment. New and used toys in Good condition Are accepted. Volunteers work All year refurbishing toys but miracles cannot be performed. The program was founded As mrs. Santa a workshop by Nina Law in 1936. In 1948, the name was changed to Christmas unlimited and in 1949, a Christmas unlimited. Seven Falls became involved in fund raising an association that continues today. The Al Pomar foundation donated the refurbishing workshop on Bott Avenue in 1980. Chapel Hills mall donated the space for the retail store in 1988. The fire department has Long served As a collection Point for toys. Other contributors who help with financial in kind or fund raising projects include current inc., Southland Corpora Tion and the North pole. Volunteers Are needed to sort items Stock shelves help parents shop and help at the Check out counter. Marjorie Sullivan finds volunteering a really puts you in the Christmas for seniors whose children and grandchildren Are far away during the Holiday season helping make Christmas for children in need can bring the satisfaction of being apart of Christmas and help dispel loneliness. Those interested in donating items May take them to the Christmas unlimited store in Chapel Hills mall on the lower level near Sears. Those interested in volunteering May Call Christmas unlimited at 260-7683. R4 Colorado Springs senior Beacon a december 1990 Christmas unlimited seniors participate in festival of lights Parade a retire to a Rocky Mountain Christmas is the theme for the senior Community float entered for the first time in the downtown festival of lights Parade december 8. The float adhering to the Overall theme songs of Christmas will feature senior Carlers dressed As Dickens characters and is sponsored by the Council promoting senior resources. The Council represents a wide Range of senior industries in Colorado Springs promoting senior services including housing health care and recreational options. The Council works closely with the chamber of Commerce and the Board of realtors informing seniors across the United states about retirement opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Region and encouraging growth in the pikes Peak Region. Activity directors and residents from area nursing Homes alternative care facilities Board and care Homes and the housing authority Are Busy constructing the float and invite you to join in the fun and support the seniors saturday evening december 8, downtown Colorado Springs. For More information Contact Mary Lou Doehrman 471-7850. Fountain Terrace apartments offers a Calendar of events and planned social activities a a a free heat a a a spacious apartments with closets galore a a a indoor swimming a a a Sauna a a a secure buildings a a a for those 55 or Over 3211 East Fountain blvd. Colorado Springs 00910 471-7001 helping hands. Caring hearts with a tradition of excellence in meeting the needs of those who require healthcare St. Francis nursing Center also focuses on the residents Quality of life. The residents s need for Freedom of Choice Independence respect and personal identify is vital to life. And the Sisters at it. St. Francis Are dedicated to creating an atmosphere in which All the needs of its residents Are met St. Francis nursing Center gives its residents that extra measure of care. Lifestyle features a Serene pastoral setting a licensed skilled nursing facility a medicaid certified a vacation and respite care a smoke free environment a 24-hour nursing and personal assistance a social service and family counselling a nurse Call system with 2-Way communication a pastoral services is Francis nursing Center sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis 719-598-1336 7550 Assisi Heights a Colorado Springs co 80919-3838

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