Anonymous donor wants every child in Fort Collins to get a free toy this holiday season

Anonymous donor wants every child in Fort Collins to get a free toy this holiday season

DENVER, Colo. (November 15, 2019) — For nearly a decade, a local Fort Collins man has visited the Goodwill store located at 315 Pavilion Lane in December to make a financial donation to cover the cost of all the toys in the store. His goal every year is to allow children to pick out a free toy during the holidays, taking the burden off their parents. The Fort Collins community has caught wind of his long-standing tradition and is stepping up to help the anonymous donor’s effort to make sure every kid in Fort Collins gets a free toy this year. 

“This is my Christmas present to myself,” the donor told Goodwill. “I get more out of this than anyone.”

"When our very own Secret Santa approached us again this year about his Christmas plans, we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Jessica Hudgins Smith, Goodwill’s PR Manager. “His donation really is two-fold—he’s making sure hundreds of kids will have a gift this year, but by choosing Goodwill as his nonprofit of choice, he’s also helping the tens of thousands of Coloradans in need we serve through our mission programs. We truly are extremely grateful for his support and choosing to spread holiday cheer at Goodwill.”

This year, the donor has secured enough support to cover the cost of toys for the 16 days leading up to Christmas. Starting on Saturday, December 7, every child who visits Goodwill in Fort Collins will get to pick out a free toy! The local community is invited to join Goodwill for treats, free Chick-fil-A and an appearance from Santa Claus himself on December 7 at noon.


                   The Fort Collins Secret Santa


                   One free toy for every child!

                   Saturday, December 7, 2019
                   12 p.m.
                   Promotion will run every day after through December 24, 2019


                  Goodwill’s Fort Collins Retail Store
                  315 Pavilion Lane
                  Fort Collins, CO 80525

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