The Christmas for Kids campaign turned into a huge success with 150 kids from Weld and Larimer counties shopping with adults to bring joy to their family members during the Christmas season.
The campaign is a year-end appeal run by Northern Colorado Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation to support youth in the Partners Mentoring Youth program with a goal of raising $100,000 by Dec. 31.
According to a news release from NOCO Active 20/30, it costs $1,500 a year to support a child in the Partners Mentoring Youth program, and $100,000 raised would serve 70 northern Colorado kids for a year in the program.
The big event during the holidays was a life-skill activity that took place Dec. 7, where more than 150 northern Colorado kids, with their adult mentors, were given gift cards to shop at Walmarts in Greeley and Loveland and purchase gifts for their family members to share during Christmas.
The kids acquire life skills by developing a shopping list, budgeting and thinking about what might make someone in their lives happy.
According to NOCO Active 20/30 member Chris Gentle, the event was a success.
“It was a great day,” Gentle said. “Final numbers were 150 youth shopping at two Walmarts — one in Greeley (39 kids) and one in Loveland (111 kids). There were just over 100 adults shopping with the kids as either their specific senior partner or as an activity volunteer shopping with a couple of kids.”
Gentle said if people want more information on donating to the Christmas for Kids campaign, they can visit www.noco2030.org.
He said if anyone wants to volunteer with Partners, they can call (970) 484-7123 or go to www.partnersmentoringyouth.org for more information or call the Greeley program coordinator, Gail Shatz, at (970) 378-6501.