Annual Bob Telmosse’ Christmas Giveaway Worries

As we get closer to the holidays, a mainstay charity may not have a place to hold their annual event. People involved with the Bob Telmossé Christmas Giveaway said they're worried.

This will be the 29th year thousands of people in this city will experience the generosity of the giveaway but first they have to find a building. And time is running out.

Last year the Bob Telmossé Christmas Giveaway helped between 8,000-10,000 people. Giving families in need everything from food, presents, and clothing to help make the holiday season just a little bit better.

"A lot of planning a lot of people counting on us," giveaway organizer Tom Zurenko said.

Christmas is just 9 weeks away. We asked Zurenko if they didn’t find a building, would they cancel the event? What would people in the community think?

“If there's something like that and it's going to go away then it would be a huge hardship," a Springs resident said.

"It's unfortunate especially around the time of year when it's most needed in the community," another added.

Zurenko is hoping to find a place and fast, he said ideally the building would be near a bus line allowing families easy access to the event.

"If we find a smaller place with a big enough parking lot we have ways we can work around it, we have in the past,” Zurenko said.

He added that it takes nearly 600 volunteers and three weeks to get the Christmas Giveaway set up and organized.

"When we see people who come back to volunteer that were recipients that is the best thing in the world," Zurkeno said.

They're hoping someone will come forward with a space they can use by the first of December. If you'd like to donate a space/building for a month or some toys for the kids, log onto the link below:
www.santa-bob.org


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  • by maria Location: cos co on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:14 AM
    I pray you find a place I appreciate all you have done for families in past and this year we are in need. Of assistance. You are a blessing. God bless.please keep us informed
  • by maria Location: cos co on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:14 AM
    I pray you find a place I appreciate all you have done for families in past and this year we are in need. Of assistance. You are a blessing. God bless.please keep us informed
  • by Nicki on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    When was it seperated? I was worried about it the first year in 2007 when Bigarri stepped in to help... I used to volunteer for Telmosse and after Bob passed away was concerned with Bigarri's intention. http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/12152561.html This is from the first year.
  • by Bob on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    There are no tickets or proof of financial need required for the Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway. Mr. Biggs does require it.
  • by b Location: p on Oct 23, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Where can you sign up to be a volunteer? I would love to help take part in this!
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      by Lora on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:13 PM in reply to b
      www.santa-bob.org
  • by Nicki on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    What happened to the previous years Bob Telmossé, "Mr. Biggs Saves Christmas"? Is Bigarri no longer willing/able to assist? I noticed that when he did assist, the Telmossé name was missing.
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      by cos on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to Nicki
      I think Mr. Biggs event is seperate from the Telmosse event. Two different organizations.
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        by Nicki on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:52 PM in reply to cos
        No, the Mr. Biggs "Saves" Christmas was in reference to saving the Telmossé event in 2007... http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/12152561.html
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      by Lora on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:14 PM in reply to Nicki
      Mr. Biggs event is separate from The Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway. Two different organizations, two different points of view.
  • by anonymous Location: colo springs on Oct 23, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    @kktv, keep us updated when the event happens.
  • by ANTHONY on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Cant find a place to hold give away? There are empty grocery stores all over town.
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      by Bob on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:14 PM in reply to ANTHONY
      That's true, but a lot of the owners of that vacant space aren't offering it.
  • by Jim Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    No you do not need to be on food stamps for the Bob Telmosse. That is for christmas unlimited. Good Luck
  • by Cheryl Location: Co. Springs on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    I've never taken part in the past, but this year I am on unemployment and raising my 4 yr. old grandson. I understand you have to be on food stamps or etc. to be able to attend. Does anyone know if this is true?? I receive no aid of any kind and it would sure be nice to take part in. Hope they find a building. (not just for me - for the kids).
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      by Bob on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:16 PM in reply to Cheryl
      If you show up to the event, you take part. No proof of finanical need necessary.
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