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Toys for Tots Wraps Up the Holiday

Toys for Tots Wraps Up the Holiday

  By 10am this past Thursday, December 24th, the Toys for Tots volunteers had wrapped up most of their deliveries throughout the community and were ready to stand down for the year. Only a few cars were in the parking lot of the former Car Palace on North Main Street, this year’s temporary headquarters for […]

Clock is Ticking on Toys for Tots, Volunteers Needed the 19th

Clock is Ticking on Toys for Tots, Volunteers Needed the 19th

  Only a handful of days remain before Christmas is upon us and Darlene Lopez and her Toys for Tots staff is very aware of the time they have left to gather, stack and sort toys and gifts for their annual December 24th delivery. The annual collections began right around the Oktoberfest in Lamar and […]

Toys for Tots Building Search

Toys for Tots Building Search

Darlene Lopez, director of the annual Toys for Tots campaign in Prowers County is asking for help in finding a permanent location in Lamar for her annual operation. Last year’s headquarters was at the Lincoln School and the year before she was at the Prowers County Annex, but had to move because the rooms were […]

Final Details for Toys for Tots

Final Details for Toys for Tots

The final touches for toy distribution took place at Lincoln School this past Saturday, December 20, as Darlene Lopez and her volunteers sorted the gifts into bags for distribution throughout Lamar and Prowers County on the 24th. The toy room has stacks of bagged toys in one corner and all four walls are lined with […]

Toys for Tots, Gearing Up for the Holiday

Toys for Tots, Gearing Up for the Holiday

It’s that time of the year again. Toys for Tots and Food for Families is looking for toys for ages newborn to 16 years of age.  Although the mission remains the same, this year, the operations base has been moved from the Prowers County Annex to the HOPE Center at Lincoln School on North 10th […]

Council Okays Patel’s Zoning Request

Council Okays Patel’s Zoning Request

    Following the recommendation made September 9th by the City of Lamar Planning and Zoning Commission, the Lamar City Council approved a zoning change for Lots 2 and 9 of Forest Park Place Subdivision. The vote was preceded by a public hearing on the business proposal for the acreage owned by local businessman, Peter […]

Toys for Tots Moving Operations Site

Toys for Tots Moving Operations Site

Toys for Tots is moving their annual toy collection and distribution operation to the former Lincoln School.  Several weeks ago, Toys for Tots director, Darlene Lopez, was seeking a new location as the spare rooms at the Prowers County Annex may be earmarked as the future offices for a potential child help hot line operating […]

Toys for Tots Completes Busy Season

Toys for Tots Completes Busy Season

The Lamar Middle School Cafeteria was fairly quiet and empty around 11am on December 24.  Those who volunteered to deliver gifts throughout the county had either completed their rounds, or were still on the road.  “We had from 30 to 40 people show up to help us out today,” said Darlene Lopez, organizer of the […]

Toys for Tots Countdown to Christmas

Toys for Tots Countdown to Christmas

  While Darlene Lopez gets 40 names for assistance in one day for the Toys for Tots campaign for Prowers County, she’s also throwing away trash.  “I have filled 13 dumpsters with ‘donations’ that are just trash!” she said earlier this week.  “If these items are something that your own child wouldn’t use, why would […]

Two Shot Presents Donation to Toys for Tots

Two Shot Presents Donation to Toys for Tots

The Southeast Colorado Two Shot Wildlife & Habitat Foundation a/ka the Southeast Colorado Two Shot Celebrity Goose Hunt presented to Darlene Lopez a check in the amount of $1,000.00 for Toys for Tots.  Robert Yates was quoted as saying, “Darlene Lopez and her volunteers give so much of their time to make sure that children in Southeast Colorado have […]

Valley National Bank, Sharing the Holiday Spirit

Valley National Bank, Sharing the Holiday Spirit

    Valley National Bank employees donated several bags and boxes of toys to the annual Toys for Tots campaign this year.  Darlene Lopez, Toys for Tots director was on hand Thursday, December 13, at the bank to add these donations to the gifts that will be handed out on December 24.    Valley National Bank […]

Final Days Drive for Toys for Tots

Final Days Drive for Toys for Tots

Darlene Lopez, organizer of Toys for Tots in Prowers County, said close to 375 families, including some 650 children from toddlers to mid teens will be served for the Christmas holiday by the efforts of donations and volunteers again this year. Lopez and her crew have been quietly assembling, cleaning and categorizing toys and assorted […]