Organizers of the 28th annual North Fork Children’s Christmas Party are expecting a record crowd of children and families this year. The annual holiday event distributes gifts to needy children. Each year the party committee sends out applications to local schools to identify children. Now that this year’s children are known and the gift buying has commenced, it’s time for the community to step up to fund sponsorships and help wrap the presents.
This year’s community present wrapping day is set to begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Memorial Hall, 175 First St. in Hotchkiss. Scores of volunteers are needed and organizers guarantee that the volunteers will have as much fun wrapping the gifts as the children will have opening them. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded throughout the afternoon. For information, contact Pam Bliss at 970-921-5641.
The need for sponsors is on-going. The cost to sponsor a child is $50 with 100% of donations used to fund gifts and a party for children. A number of area banks are set up to receive donations or sponsors can mail donations directly to: North Fork Children’s Christmas Party, P.O. Box 508, Crawford, CO 81415. The following banks have set up an account in the name of “North Fork Children’s Christmas Fund”: First State Bank of Colorado/United Business Bank in Paonia and Hotchkiss and Bank of Colorado in Hotchkiss. Sponsors can also donate directly to committee members including Pam Bliss (970-921-5641); Marsha Grant (970-872-4628); Jackie Parks (970-527-4585); Linda Lario (970-527-3278) or Tony Hanna (970-921-4286).
The children’s party itself will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Santa will be on hand to distribute gifts and the children and families will enjoy a variety of activities including face painting, cookie decorating, crafts and games. Infants through children 10 years old will each receive a large bag of gifts including toys, clothing, towels, quilts, books and crayons. Children older than 10 years of age will receive gift certificates.
Last year the charitable organization distributed gifts to 184 children.