Christmas in Colorado is about giving and kids being happy. The NoCo Secret Santa Free Toy Store will return this year to do just that.

Whether you want to donate toys or know of kids who might go without this season, there will be one day when the doors open to bring smiles to the Northern Colorado area.

NoCo Secret Santa in Loveland for 2023
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Here's how things should always work: A great idea that grows and grows over the years. This great idea is NoCo Secret Samaritans' "NoCo Secret Santa Toy Store," now in its sixth year.

HOW DOES THIS SECRET SANTA FREE TOY STORE IN NORTHERN COLORADO WORK?

For three hours one day, a "pop-up" store will open with toys and stocking stuffers that kids can choose from, all free of charge. Six years in, these great folks have a handle on making this a great and brief but full shopping day.

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WITH SANTA COPS SHUTTING DOWN, THIS SHOP IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT

It was in early September of 2023 that Santa Cops of Larimer County was forced to close down due to not having a space for their headquarters. 

This means there are a lot of families in the Northern Colorado area without a resource for 2023 to help ensure their kids have a good Christmas.

WHEN IS THE 2023 NOCO SECRET SANTA TOY STORE?

  • December 16, 2023
  • 9 a.m. - Noon.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on-site to take free photos, and gift wrapping will be available.

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WHERE WILL THE NOCO SECRET SANTA FREE TOY STORE BE?

Once again, it will be located in Loveland, but the exact location will not be revealed until one hour before the doors open to prevent overcrowding.

From the Secret Samaritans:

We have a great location this year that is even bigger than previous years and we will be able to handle more families quicker.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE SECRET SANTA FREE TOY STORE IN LOVELAND

They hope to provide more than 2,500 toys during the 2023 event, and much of that will come from donations from the public.

You can drop off new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 14, 2023, at the following locations:

  • Townsquare Media Northern Colorado, 600 Main St., Windsor.
  • The Loveland Museum, 530 N. Lincoln, Loveland.
  • Big Thompson Diesel & Automotive, 604 Eighth St. SE, Unit A, Loveland.
  • Soul Shine Botanica & Gifts, 442 Cleveland Ave., Loveland.
  • Josh & John's Ice Cream, 501 Cleveland Ave., Loveland.
  • Shipper's Supply, 405 Eighth St. SE, No. 5, Loveland.
  • Dark Heart Coffee Bar - 419 N. Jefferson Avenue (Gift Cards Only.)
  • Revive Massage & Wellness, 1011 37th Ave. Court, No. 101-A, Greeley.
  • Kind Care, 6617 S. College Ave., Fort Collins.
  • Vintage Marketplace, 6520 S. College Ave., Fort Collins.
  • Snack Attack, 120 W. Stuart St., Fort Collins.
  • All-Star Cleaning, 120 W. Saturn Drive, Suite B, Fort Collins.
  • The Comedy Fort,167 N. College Ave., Fort Collins.
  • Shipper's Supply, 300 N. Link Lane, Fort Collins.

You can donate new toys and gift cards at those locations (unless otherwise noted), as well as make a cash donation to:

  • PayPal: NoCoSecretSamaritan
  • Venmo:@NoCoSecretSamaritan

100% of donations will go directly to helping kids/families in need in Northern Colorado; a tax ID is available.

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