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Mayor Hancock, GIVE Denver and Denver Human Services Ask Citizens to Adopt-A-Family or Teen in Need This Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Hancock, GIVE Denver and Denver Human Services Ask Citizens to Adopt-A-Family or Teen in Need This Holiday

DENVER – Dec. 10, 2014 – The holidays often present a special challenge for those in need. While every family wants to provide holiday gifts for their child or teen, many are unable to do so because of their economic challenges. Each year, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, GIVE Denver and Denver Human Services host an Adopt-A-Family/Teen Holiday Drive to collect gifts and other donations used to ensure all of Denver’s children, teens and families enjoy the season.

GIVE Denver is currently looking for donors to adopt families and teens in need, to donate general gifts or to donate funds to help GIVE Denver shop for those who are not adopted by a donor.

“The holidays are all about giving, and GIVE Denver’s annual Adopt-a-Family or Teen Holiday Drive is an opportunity to embrace that spirit by donating to those who might not otherwise receive a gift this holiday,” said Mayor Hancock. “Working together as a community, we can bring a little more holiday cheer to hundreds of children, teens and families in need.”

In 2013, thanks to the generosity of donors, GIVE Denver provided holiday gifts to 149 seniors, 99 teens and 375 families who are less fortunate. This year, 113 seniors, 90 teens and 387 families including foster children, youth in crisis, people with disabilities and other at-risk individuals are up for adoption by caring donors.  Donors can help by contributing a toy, adopting a family or teen, or by making a monetary contribution.

DHS executive director Penny May added, “Each year, Denver Human Services case workers nominate clients to receive holiday gifts through the GIVE Denver Adopt-A-Family or Teen Holiday Drive. We could not make this possible without the generosity of donors who provide gifts for hundreds of families in need each year.”

Donors may drop off gifts through Dec. 15, 2014 at the GIVE Denver Center, 1200 Federal Boulevard, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or at the Wellington Webb Administration Building, 201 Colfax Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To make a donation, adopt a family, teen or for more information, visitwww.denvergov.org/GIVE or call (720) 944-GIVE.

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About Denver Human Services

Denver Human Services provides assistance, protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance. Protection and Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection services, along with community focused programming including veterans’ services, homeless services, and substance abuse awareness campaigns. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices