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Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado

Holiday Gift Bag Drive for Colorado's Senior Citizens

This holiday season, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (APABA), Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network (CACEN), and Asian Real Estate Assocation of Greater Denver (AREAA) are teaming up to bring joy to senior citizens in our community, in the midst of a tough year.  We are hosting again a HOLIDAY GIFT BAG DONATION DRIVE benefiting APA and other seniors in need throughout the greater Denver area.  We hope to deliver at least 200 gift bags to seniors across the Denver metro area, including seniors at the Volunteers of America Sunset Tower apartments, the Happy Living Adult Daycare Center in Aurora, and the Korean Adult Daycare in Aurora. 

We invite you to fill gift bags with different types of items and handwritten holiday notes/cards for the seniors. It’s a contactless volunteer project to do with your families and you will enjoy knowing you made a difference in the life of a senior citizen!

How it works:

1. Sign up here and indicate how many gift bags you would like to put together under "quantity" on the sign-up.  

2. Put together your gift bag(s) with at least 5 items from the list below, and include a holiday card and/or handwritten note decorated with embellishments, stickers, etc.  Suggested minimum value of gift bags: $25.  Please include items that are gender neutral and one size fits all as it will make it easier for us in distributing the gift bags. These items have been identified as bringing the most comfort to seniors to help reduce their stress during COVID-19:

  • Adult coloring book and small fine tip marker set
  • Games such as jigsaw puzzles, card games, and Sudoku books
  • Stationery/blank greeting cards
  • Throw blanket
  • Cloth mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cold weather accessories such as hats, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks
  • Desk calendar
  • Wallets or carriers to hold ID and other important identification cards
  • Reusable grocery bags that can be folded into small balls
  • Food: Asian snacks or non-perishable items
  • Safety devices such as pepper spray & keychain alarms

3. From November 29 to December 13, drop your gift bags off at one of the following locations during business hours:

  • Happy Living Adult Daycare Center, 12201 E Mississippi Ave #101, Aurora, CO 80012 (weekdays from 10am-3pm)
  • Primera Law Group, 1240 S. Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80231 (weekdays only from 10am-5pm) 
  • 57 Marlowe Drive, Erie, CO 80516
  • Kokoro Restaurant Denver, 2390 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
  • Kokoro Restaurant Arvada, 5535 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
  • Drop off your gift bags at our APA HOLIDAY MIXER (hosted by AREAA) on Dec. 1 (5:30-8:30pm) at the Edge, Four Seasons Hotel. Registration info here.

We will update this list as we sign up more drop-off locations.  The gift bags will be gathered together and delivered to the seniors the third week of December, along with a meal for the seniors to enjoy.

Any questions? Email APABA Community Service Co-Chairs, Stephanie McConkie & Deborah Yim, at [email protected]

FAQs:

I would like to donate larger quantities of individual items as opposed to creating individual gift bags.  Can I do this?  Absolutely, these items can be put into gift bags by our volunteers.  Please e-mail [email protected] to discuss how best to drop off these bulk items. 

Can I donate funds instead of putting together a gift bag? Yes, you may donate funds via the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado's donation webpage and indicate that your donation is for the holiday gift bag drive. Your donation will be used to create additional gift bags for seniors and/or to fund a meal for them.

I would like to volunteer to help gather and deliver the gift bags.  Are you need in need of any volunteers?  Yes!  Please email [email protected] to let us know you are interested in volunteering.    

Co-Sponsoring Organizations (pending further sponsors*):

KokoroPrimera Law Group 

Created by:   Asian Pacific American Bar Association
 
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