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 adolescents above 8th grade level. Families may be qualified through their children's school, Head Start, Family Center, San Juan Basin Health
2. Seniors over age 65+ (qualified by Human Services or San Juan Basin Health)
3. Disabled 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, Cottonwood), Community Connections in the Columbine Building
The application includes a letter with necessary information. Spanish only speakers would be advised to bring and translator.
The LAST DAY TO APPLY is Saturday, December 7th, 2019 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 or food certificates. 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 item
requested. Purchases are returned to the PMC Angel Giving Tree and Gift Wrapping Station at the Durango Mall. Our project volunteers will package them with
requested toys for 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. Toys and clothing for each child are bundled together and organized by family and address for delivery by local fire fighters.
Food certificates are purchased by PMC and mailed to those families not adopted.
Through these efforts, each family receives clothing, toys, and food 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
Durango Food Bank
194 Bodo Drive
La Plata Family Center
150 Tech Center Dr suite a, Durango, CO 81301
Manna Soup Kitchen
1100 Avenida del Sol
Women's Resource Center
679 E. 2nd Ave. Unit 6
Local Churches may offer assistance