Community members start toy drive for Colorado Springs residents evacuated over asbestos concerns

Toy drive benefitting families forced to evacuate their apartments in Colorado Springs due to concerns over asbestos. Photo by KKTV 12/11/19.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - After learning about two apartment complexes forced to evacuate over asbestos concerns, a few community members decided to step up to help the impacted families still have a proper Christmas.

Sarah Preciado reached out to 11 News on Wednesday, She has been following the coverage of Thrive at the Incline and Thrive at Park's Edge being evacuated, click here for more on previous reports. Residents were recently evacuated, and several families aren't even sure if they will have a new home in time for Christmas.

"Being that this is all over the news I can't help but feel for these people," Preciado wrote on a GoFundMe page aiming to help the families with kids impacted by the sudden evacuation.

Preciado and Stephanie Moore set up a toy drive for the impacted families. They say are working with someone who works for the landlords at the impacted by the evacuation to make sure the families are aware of the toy drive.

"A light bulb went off and I felt God's nudge and I just kind of made phone calls and got together with people from the church and we all just kind of came up with a toy drive," Preciado explained.

They are asking for donations from the community. The request is any unopened toy for any aged child. You can donate at any of the following four locations during regular business hours up until Dec. 19:

-Sunrise United Methodist Church
2655 Briargate Blvd

-Serendipity Hair Emporium
3237 West Carefree Circle
Building F

-Eden Salon and Barbershop
12 E Kiowa Street

-Eden Salon and Barbershop
610 S 21st Street

An event is scheduled for Dec. 21 for families to pick up the toys. The details of the location and time are being handled by Preciado and an employee of the apartment complex. Families are supposed to be contacted by a representative with property management, according to Preciado.