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.
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 The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel DTC – 7801 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, 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.
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.
Christmas Crusade 4 Children
PO BOX 11188
Denver, CO 80211