Curtis West Pays it Forward Each Year for the Children’s Hospital Toy Run

Curtis West may be a Harley riding, 16 year US Army veteran, but don’t let his tough exterior fool you.

In November and December of each year, his focus is sharing Christmas cheer with kids in need.

Curtis has been organizing the toy drive at Mark’s Auto Sales benefitting the Denver Children’s Hospital’s Toy Run since 2010. Two of his grandsons were recipients of gifts from the Toy Run while receiving chemo and bone marrow transplants at Children’s Hospital. Curtis’ collection efforts are his way of paying it forward and sharing Christmas cheer to other children who are spending their holidays within the confines of a hospital.

Each year Curtis collects a car load of toys from his toy drive efforts. He manages a collection jar to purchase toys for the toy drive, and he collects toys from customers to contribute to the effort. Curtis will be collecting toys through 3pm on Saturday December 2nd. Santa can load a lot more on his sleigh than Curtis can on his Harley.

The Children’s Hospital Toy Run event is organized by Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson. On Sunday December 3rd registered participants will ride their motorcycles and deliver toys to the Children’s Hospital.

Curtis’s efforts to share holiday cheer don’t end with the Toy Run. Each year he voluntarily dresses up as Santa for an afternoon at Mark’s Auto Sales. He meets with each kid and gives them a small gift, a coloring book and a souvenir, while listening to their Christmas wishes. Some families who may not be able to stand in a long line, or may not be able to afford a visit with a mall Santa, get the chance to meet with Santa, through Curtis’s Santa meet and greet. The visit with Santa is free for everyone, whether or not they are customers. This year’s event is Friday December 22nd from 2-5pm.

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