Brightening the Holidays for Local Children
Adopt an Angel, is a Summit County-based program that is in its 22nd year. On December 14, 2016, we’ll transform the Silverthorne Pavilion into a toy factory, where thousands of gifts will be given to pre-approved families and children. Santa’s helpers will be on hand to spread cheer and help families pick their gifts. Any remaining toys will be given to local nonprofits that work with kids.
Last year, Adopt an Angel allowed approximately 562 children and 254 families to enjoy a brighter holiday season. Due to the program’s overwhelming success and a need for broader assistance, the Town of Silverthorne and the Silverthorne Police Department are transitioning the coordination of the Adopt an Angel program over to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC).
The staff at FIRC is honored to be working closely with the TOS and SPD to support this important community program. Our goal is to create a more sustainable program that can help even more local families.
FIRC is accepting financial donations to help us purchase toys and clothing for children this holiday season. We also have trees with angels on them throughout the community where you can purchase a gift for a certain child. Gifts need to be returned to FIRC by December 9.
Adopt an Angel serves families, who would not otherwise be able to provide gifts for their children this holiday season. All gifts are contributed by generous residents and businesses across our local community. Your gift or donation will help a family in need. All donations are tax deductible as the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) is a 501c3 organization.
Our Giant Toy Factory
On December 14, 2016, we’ll transform the Silverthorne Pavilion into a toy factory, where thousands of gifts will be given to preapproved families & children. Santa’s helpers will be on hand to spread cheer & help families pick their gifts. Any remaining toys will be given to local nonprofits who work with kids.
The following local businesses now have trees with ornaments. Please pick up an “angel” ornament and buy a new, age-appropriate toy, book or clothing for the child on the ornament.
BRECKENRIDGE: Breckenridge Distillery • Breckenridge Grand Vacations • Breckenridge Market and Liquor • City Market • Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties • Colorado Mountain College (CMC) • Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) • High Country Healthcare • Summit County South Branch Library • Peak A Boo Toys • Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District • Summit County Sheriff’s Office • Town of Breckenridge Police Department • Town of Breckenridge
Donate a Gift
Presents must be turned in by December 9
- How the Trees Work
Volunteer to Help
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the FIRC’s Adopt an Angel program! The event will take place this year on Wednesday, December 14th at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
Volunteers Needed: GIFT WRAPPING
Volunteers are needed to help with wrapping gifts. You may sign up for shifts lasting from one hour to all day in length — 1-2 hour shifts are recommended as you’ll be standing. Wrapping paper/supplies are provided, of course. Groups are encouraged to sign up but will need to be signed up individually. Please go to this link to signup for gift wrapping:
Volunteers Needed: SETUP/SORT GIFTS
Volunteers are needed on Sunday, 12/11 – Tuesday 12/13 to help sort and setup donations for Adopt an Angel at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
For other volunteer opportunities, please contact the FIRC’s Adopt an Angel Program Manager at [email protected] or 970-389-8617.
In 1994, the Silverthorne Police Department started the Adopt an Angel program to provide for the residents of the Town of Silverthorne and it eventually expanded to serve Summit County residents. As a result of Adopt an Angel’s overwhelming success and a clear need for additional administrative support, in 2016 the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) will be taking over management of Adopt an Angel to create a more sustainable program that can help more families.
“Adopt an Angel will remain a major philanthropic effort for the Police Department, but we are thrilled to have FIRC’s leadership, ensuring we continue to expand the important community program and help families who need it most,” said Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor. “Summit County Fire Departments, the Ambulance District and Police agencies have participated in the program and will continue to be involved and collect donations at their stations as they have in years past.”
Last year, Adopt an Angel allowed approximately 562 children and 254 families to enjoy a brighter holiday season. Summit County Fire Departments, the Ambulance District and Police agencies (Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco & Summit County Sheriff) all participate in the program. To make Adopt an Angel as effective and successful as possible, we receive referrals of children in financial need from a group of Summit County agencies. Some of the agencies providing these referrals are FIRC, Social Services, Community Connections, Public Health, Summit County Nursing, and the Summit County School District.
Local residents and retailers are the backbone of Adopt an Angel. Retailers help by displaying a Christmas tree in their lobby with wooden ornaments that describe the age and gender of a child. When local residents visit one of these retailers, they can pick their “Angel” and purchase a new toy that will be appropriate for the child described on the ornament. After purchasing these new gifts, local residents bring the unwrapped gifts to local fire, ambulance or police departments. Adopt an Angel also relies heavily on individual monetary donations, corporate sponsorships, and help from local volunteers.
Working together as a community, we are able to make a significant difference in the lives of so many special children each holiday season!
Thank you to the following locations for hosting Angel Trees
- Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon and the Sheriff’s Police Departments
- Red White and Blue Fire Department
- FIRC Offices in Silverthorne & Breckenridge
- Breckenridge & Silverthorne Recreation Centers
- South Branch Library
- Breckenridge Businesses – High Country Healthcare Caldwell Banker and Peek-A-Boo Toys
- Silverthorne Businesses – High Country Healthcare and Red Mountain Buffalo Coffee Shop
- Frisco Businesses – High Country Healthcare, Information Center, Rio Grande, Whole Foods, Rivers, Shoe Inn, Next Page Book Store, Kaiser Permanente, Wilderness Prooperty Management, Summit Community and Senior Center