The Purpose of the Crusade
Our purpose is to brighten the spirits of children who would not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning, and to present law enforcement officers as positive figures in their lives. It is community policing at its best, delivering a message for heartfelt caring and concern for children.
If you would like to make a donation with a credit card please Click Here or call 303-322-KIDS (5437).
To donate via check, please make it out to "KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children" and mail it to:
KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children
7800 E. Orchard Road - Suite 400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
How it Works
Law enforcement officers nominate children in need. Each officer warrants that he/she has personal knowledge of each child, and agrees to pick up donated gifts at 7075 W. Hampden, to be delivered to each child by Christmas Day. The children’s names are entered into the Christmas Crusade computer system, wherein each child is given an identification number. This allows each child to be confidentially tracked throughout the process and ensures that each child will get a gift. KYGO-FM on-air personalities tell the stories of individual children soliciting pledges of new, unwrapped toys. Listeners like you respond by calling the Christmas Crusade Hotline. Sponsors follow up by bringing the gifts to the Christmas Crusade Headquarters where they are bagged, tagged and passed along to the child’s nominating officer for delivery. Gifts for non sponsored children are purchased through cash donations to the Christmas Crusade, which is a non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
How Do I Sponsor a Child?
Call 303-322-KIDS (5437) anytime between 7:30am and 7:00pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am - 6:00pm On Saturday and Sunday starting Monday, November 25, 2013 through December 20, 2013. December 15th is the deadline for sponsoring a specific child, but you can still make general donations through December 20th. The officer who answers can identify a child who is in need and give you ideas about what the child needs or wants.
I Have Called In and Sponsored a Child, What Should I Do Now?
Thank you for your generous donation! Once you have sponsored a child and selected a gift, please bring it to KYGO Christmas Crusade Headquarters at 7075 W. Hampden Avenue. Please write down the first name and child identification number that you were given on the phone and affix it to your gift. Please don't wrap any gifts. You may bring the gifts anytime before the deadline on December 15th, but the sooner the better.
Where can I drop off gifts?
If you have called in and sponsored a specific child, you MUST deliver your gifts to 7075 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood, on or before December 15th. If you would like to donate to the Crusade for any child, you may drop off general gifts at 7075 West Hampden Avenue, or participating AutoNation dealerships until December 13th, 2013.
Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
Yes. The KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children is a 501c-3 organization. You may pick up a nonprofit tax donation letter when you drop off your donation. Tax donation letters are also mailed to those donating via credit card or check.
Does the Crusade Accept Corporate Donations?
Yes! The KYGO Christmas Crusade For Children relies on the generosity of local businesses. Whether your business is big or small, we welcome your partnership. Please call 303-322-KIDS on or after November 25th and ask to speak to a supervisor to find out how to partner with us.
Should I wrap the gifts I donate?
Please do not wrap the gifts. We check each of the thousands of gifts we deliver to ensure that each gift is age- and gender-appropriate. Before officers deliver the gifts, we wrap them in Christmas Crusade bags and tag them with special labels.
What types of items should I donate?
If you do not choose a specific child with specific gift request or needs, you may donate any number of items that will still be given to a child in need. Frequently requested items include learning games and toys (especially for young children), clothing shoes, winter coats, winter boots, books, CDs, bicycles, dolls, sports equipment, art supplies and toiletries.
Do you accept donation of lightly used toys, clothes, etc.?
We only accept new items. We recommend donating lightly used items to Goodwill Industries or ARC thrift stores.
Do you accept donations of food?
Generally we do not accept food donations. However, there are many organizations that do, including the Volunteers of America at 303-297-0407 and the Jeffco Action Center at 303-237-7704.
How are the children receiving gifts identified?
Christmas Crusade relies on law enforcement officers having personal knowledge of children from their time working on the streets and in the schools. When an officer personally knows a child in need, he or she nominates that child to be a Christmas Crusade recipient. The officer will later personally deliver the gifts to the child on or before Christmas Day.
Can I nominate my own family or another family to receive gifts?
Christmas Crusade does not accept self-nominations or nominations from the community directly. Only law enforcement officers participating in the Christmas Crusade may nominate kids to receive gifts.
What are the hours of operation for Christmas Crusade Headquarters?
Headquarters is open from November 25th through December 20th. Crusade headquarters will be staffed from 7:30am to 7:00pm on weekdays and 9:00am to 6:00pm on Weekends. Local police and sheriff’s departments will take turns staffing the office.
Does the program also help children who do not celebrate Christmas?
Despite its name, Christmas Crusade is meant to benefit any and all children in need during the winter holidays. So whether a child celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, the men and women of Colorado law enforcement are happy to help make winter a little warmer for them.
About the Crusade
The KYGO Christmas Crusade for Children was first organized in 1983 by a small group of “Santa Cops.” The Christmas Crusade for Children is a program designed to enable city, state police and sheriff’s department personnel to bring the joy of Christmas to underprivileged children. Today, 30 law enforcement agencies continue the work of familiarizing themselves with individual family situations, and specifically with the needs and holiday “wish lists” of the children. Through 2011, the Christmas Crusade has touched over 214,046 children, thanks to the combined outreach by thousands of law enforcement officers, KYGO radio listeners, major businesses and concerned individual Coloradoans.