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WSD3 toy drive underway, tree lighting scheduled


Last updated 12/1/2021 at 1:42pm

The annual Widefield Parks and Recreation tree lighting will be Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department. There will be Santa, cookies, hot drinks, a hayride, smores, Library craft, and more! Big Papa's Grill and Smile High Food truck will be serving dinner.

The event also serves as a collection point for new toys and new or gently used coats to help local families this holiday season.

While out shopping, consider picking up something extra for someone in need. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts can be made at the Parks & Rec office and every school in WSD3, or at the tree lighting event.

Gift ideas include: art/coloring supplies, books, curling/flat irons, hair accessories, gift cards, hats/ball caps, Kindles, nail polish, playing cards, board games, slippers, water bottles, backpacks, warm clothing, DVDs, lipgloss, spa sets, makeup, skateboards, scooters, sports equipment, electronic accessories, sunglasses, scarves.


Fountain Electric crews help hang the lights on the tree at Widefield Parks and Rec in preparation for the Dec. 7 tree lighting festivities.

Talk to your school counselor if your family needs help this year. The toy drive is sponsored by the WSD3 Positive Action Team (PAT). PAT is made up of staff and students across the district whose mission is to make a positive impact in our community. Each school in Widefield, along with the Fountain Valley Senior Center, Security Public Library, Widefield Parks and Recreation, and the Security Fire Department, participate in collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts. Then on Dec. 16, the Holiday Express bus travels to each site for a special toy pick up by Santa and his elves. The toys are then dropped off at the Security Fire Department who distribute to more than a hundred families in our community.

Other tree lightings

The Fort Carson Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m. at Iron Horse Park.


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