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Guard to host 4th annual Santa Shop: Holiday donations continue to honor sacrifices of Guard families 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 

FOR RELEASE:
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010

CONTACT:
Capt. Darin Overstreet
Cell:  (303) 726-4716

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (12/11/10) –  The Colorado National Guard Family Programs office has again teamed up with Santa to provide Christmas presents for  CONG families in need.

The annual Santa Shop is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colorado National Guard facilities located in Centennial, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.  At these Santa Shops, parents will be able to shop for their children, and children will be able to shop for their parents, at no cost.

Santa Claus will make his appearance from 11 a.m.-noon at all locations.

At a moment's notice, Colorado Guardsman may be asked to support our state and nation, which often puts a heavy financial burden upon their families. Because of these unique challenges associated with their military service, they may also face financial hardship.

The first CONG Santa Shop, held in 2006, was only open families who had someone deployed or had a special need. But now, thanks to overwhelming community support over the last three years, the Santa Shop is open to all CONG families.

A craft table at all locations will be run by elves (Guardsmen, family members and civilian employees) who will help children wrap gifts for their parents. Other elves, including American Red Cross volunteers, will provide refreshments.

Santa Shop gifts are being provided by  Dollar Tree, which has donated for the last three years; Leadership Aurora Class sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; Department of Regulatory Agencies; Mesa Systems; and KEZW Studio 1430 AM, which is assisting for a third year due to the support of its listeners.

The three locations for the CONG Santa Shop are as follows:

Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado (JFHQ-CO)
6848 S. Revere Pkwy.                                    
Centennial, Colo. 80112

Chestnut Armory
3200 N. Chestnut
Colorado Springs, Colo. 80907

Grand Junction Armory
482 28 Road
Grand Junction, Colo. 81501

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FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Media are welcome to visit the JFHQ-CO Santa Shop between 11 a.m.-noon and should arrive at the southwest gate of JFHQ-CO no later than 10:30 a.m. Media interested in attending should confirm attendance with Air Force Capt. Darin Overstreet, (303) 726-4716.

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12/10/2010