LaPlata County residents who meet at least one of the criteria below:
1. Families in financial need with children in 8th grade and younger. We are unable to
serve young adults above 8th grade level.
2. Seniors over age 65 or over (qualified by Human Services or San Juan Basin Health)
3. Handicapped individuals if qualified by Human Services
Where do I get an application?
Applications may be requested at the following locations:
La Plata County schools – including Head Start
Family Center, San Juan Basin Health and WIC, Human Services (Court House 1060 E. 2nd Ave),Women’s Resource Center, Adult Education Center
Senior Center, Senior Housing (Cedar View Apartments, Tamarin Square), Community Connections in the Columbine Building
Your application includes a letter with information you will need about location, dates, times, and identification requirements. Spanish only speakers would be advised to bring and translator.
The LAST DAY TO APPLY is Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at the Northpoint Mall (1315 Main Ave. Durango, CO), no later than 3:00.
Click Here for the hours and location of Application Return Table
What happens after I submit an application?
- Some families are “adopted” by local businesses, churches and/or individuals who fill all items on the request list, including clothing, toys, and food. Historically about 1/3 of the families are adopted. Adoptions are based on family size, location and general “fit”. It is helpful to return applications as early as possible. Families participating in the program will get a letter with information on who “adopted” them, unless the adopter wishes to remain anonymous.
- The requests of families that are not adopted will be filled in the following ways:
Shoppers are encouraged to select and Angel or Bell and purchase the new items
requested. Then, return the purchases to the PMC Gift Wrapping Station at the
Durango Mall. Our project volunteers will package them with requested toys and a food box delivery by local fire fighters.
Requested toys are provided to Project Merry Christmas via donations by individuals,
groups or organizations, or they are purchased by PMC.
Food that is donated by schools, churches, or individuals is boxed for each family.
Food certificates are purchased by PMC and mailed to those families not adopted.
Through these efforts, each family receives clothing, toys, food and/or a food certificate either from PMC or their “adopted” Santa. Local fire fighters make the deliveries just before Christmas.
What do I do if I missed the deadline?
Other Agencies Offering Assistance for the Holidays
Boys and Girls Club for teenagers 15 and older
375-0010 Ext. 2
Durango Food Bank
194 Bodo Drive 375-2672
La Plata Family Center
129 E. 32nd Street 385-4747
Manna Soup Kitchen
1100 Avenida del Sol 385-5095
Women's Resource Center
679 E. 2nd Ave. Unit 6 247-1242
Local Churches may offer assistance