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In Tough Times, Arvada Holiday Gift Program Means So Much



The holidays were looking bleak for a grandmother raising four kids ages 17, 11, 7 and 5. Last year, a few days before Christmas, she answered the door to Santa and Mrs. Claus, an Arvada police officer and other City of Arvada workers. The group had a number of gifts for the family through the City of Arvada’s Lighting Up The Holidays program.

“It was one of the most touching days of my life,” said Rachel Bramblett, Human Resource specialist with the City of Arvada. “As the grandmother greeted us at the door, her 5-year-old grandson was about to wiggle out of his fuzzy-footed pajamas and even his skin when he saw the police officer holding a bicycle obviously meant for him. When the officer presented the bike to the boy, you could feel the excitement in the air around him.”

You could be the person to make the holiday season a little brighter for kids in Arvada by adopting a child or family through the Lighting Up The Holidays program.

More than 250 Arvada children received toys, clothes, bikes and other gifts through the giving program last year. It’s expected the 2008 Lighting Up The Holidays program will have a record number of children.

Before you hit the mall to shop, please take a moment to call 720-898-7586 and adopt a child part of the Lighting Up The Holidays program.

Gifts will be delivered by Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, police officers and other City of Arvada employees just before Christmas.