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BJ & Jamie are hosting the 7th annual Giving Tree!

This year, the BJ & Jamie morning show, along with generous Alice listeners are helping 20 families who are having a tough time making ends meet this holiday season. Read below to see the stories of the families that need our help this holiday season. If you'd like to adopt a family, simply fill out the form below. 

Please fill out the form on the BOTTOM of this page to brighten one family’s holiday.
We ask that you are able to support the family that you choose 100% if you are matched.


*Note to families who want to donate- this is not a tax detuctable donation. We also request that each child you are giving to gets a minimum of $100 in gifts.

Please buy and bring WRAPPED and LABELED gifts to the
Alice Studio no later than Monday, December 16th.

Alice Studio
4700 S. Syracuse Street, Suite #1050
Denver, CO 80237



 
Family #1: Johnson Family
Children's names and ages: Brandon-9, Aaron-7, Nathan-4, KateLynn-2 weeks
Specific toy requests for each child: Legos, planes, trains, and cars for the boys. Play mat for KateLynn.
Children's shoe sizes: Brandon-4, Aaron-1, Nathan-11
Children's clothing sizes: Brandon-12, Aaron-7/8, Nathan-5, KateLynn-3-6 months
Children's favorite colors: Blues, greens, reds,for the boys and pinks for KateLynn
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Anything Disney, or Dreamworks
Your 50 word story: Just had a baby on the 16th of November. I am on unpaid maternity leaveand my hhusband barely makes enough to pay the bills. On Thanksgiving, my van died. Please help us give our kids a decent Christmas.
In picture: This picture was taken in our living room. Aaron is on the left, Nathan is in the middle and Brandon is on the right. KateLynn is in front.


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Family #2: Gilmore Family
Children's names and ages: Rowan 3, Elizabeth 1
Children's shoe sizes: Rowan 10 (toddlers), Elizabeth 6 1/2-7
Children's clothing sizes: Rowan-size 3t and bigger, Elizabeth-size 2
Children's favorite colors: Too young to have a favorite color
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Bubble guppies, jake & the neverland pirates, Sesame street
Your 50 word story:  I am grandma to these kids and have helped parents during the year with rent and some bills. another sibling is expected in 6 months. both parents work but not enough money comes into cover living expenses.not much of a Christmas is expected. Grandparents cant give much more.
In photo:  This is Jenni & Sean with Rowan & Elizabeth taken about 1 year ago in the summer. One of their friends (from school) is the photographer. They are a happy family with another on the way which is putting a strain on the already very tight budget. He works and she also had to get a job to make ends meet and even tho they both work there is no extra money. There are not many hand me downs because of gender. 


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Family #3: Yanez Family
Children's names and ages: Noah- 2
Specific toy requests for each child: Learning toys for toddlers
Children's shoe sizes: Toddler 7
Children's clothing sizes: 3T
Children's favorite colors: Bronoco's Blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Loves Cars, Trains, Footballs, dinasours
Your 50 word story: My Stepmother is Raising her 2yr old Grandson, She works at fast food resturant. She is trying so hard, but it's hard for her to provide a good Christmas, She is a great Woman taking on this By herself. She is staying with family, but it's just so hard, Please Help my Stepmom & Nephew. Thank You
In photo: I take my nephew so my step mom can enjoy a weekend, and rest.. He loves coming to our house with the Doggies. 


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Family #4: Schwartz Family
Children's names and ages: Anissa 6, CJ 4, Alan 3, Ryan 1
Specific toy requests for each child: gender appropriate
Children's shoe sizes: unknown
Children's clothing sizes: Anissa 6, CJ 4T, Alan 3T, Ryan 2T
Children's favorite colors: unknown
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: unknown
Your 50 word story: I would like to nominate my friends Chad and Debi. They are young parents with 4 small children. Chad is the only one in the home that works full time due to costs of daycare they are both not able to work. They moved to California awhile back to chase the American Dream and things didn't work out for them. They ended up moving back to Colorado. since then they have struggled with finances and employment issues. With this recent snow storm Chad slid on ice in their van and the van was wrecked. They do not have the money to fix the van and his job is now on the line. I am wondering if someone can help fix the van to make it good as new for them as this is their only car. Chad was on Fox news for this wreck and he stated how this effects his ability to get diapers for his children. These parents are really family oriented. It'd be nice to possibly fix their van and be able to provide some presents for their small children. Their children deserve a good Christmas and the parents deserve to watch their children happy on Christmas morning. I wish all the best for them and I hope you can help me help them to have a memorable Christmas and possibly fix their van. Thank you for your time.
In photo: All 4 young children.


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Family #5: Simmons Family
Children's names and ages: Kayden 2 years old, Kaylee 3 Months
Specific toy requests for each child: Kayden anything elmo or Mickey Mouse. Kaylee infant bouncer or playplace or 0-6 month toys
Children's shoe sizes: Kayden size 9, Kaylee 3-6 months
Children's clothing sizes: Kayden 3T, Kaylee 3-9 months girl
Children's favorite colors: Kayden yellow and red, Kaylee pink and purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Mickey Mouse Curious George Elmo
Your 50 word story: Just had a baby girl added to our family in August soon before her birth our cars engine went out so we had to spend our savings on a new car and our monthly car payment. Both mom and dad work full time jobs this year has just been a tough one and we could really use a helping hand.
In photo:  Up at Red Rocks for a nice day out.


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Family #6: Lundstrom Family
Children's names and ages: Faith - 9, Tyler - 7
Specific toy requests for each child: Faith - Makeup, spa stuff, crafts, art supplies, Charlottes Web book Tyler - Skateboard stuff, Skateboard ramp, remote control boat, diary of a wimpy kid: movie diary
Children's shoe sizes: Faith 13, Tyler 12
Children's clothing sizes: Faith- girls M 7-8, Tyler- boys S 6-7
Children's favorite colors: Faith - Green, Tyler - Blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Mr. Poppers Penquins,Mega Mind, Here comes the boom
Your 50 word story: My husband is a Navy Vet and has been a full time student since he got out of the military in 2009. He recently used his entire GI bill to pay for school and now we are making ends meet, it seems we can never get ahead. They say when it rains it pours and that it is so true at this point in our lives. If its not one thing (medical bills - no insurance) its another (car needs new brakes). We are only able to get our kids a few small gifts this year and it makes my heart ache that I can't make it the wonderful Christmas fun it normally is. I don't expect to win this "contest" as we are not your typical in need family but thought I would throw our story out there just in case the stars aline and my kids can get a surprise of their life! God Bless!
In photo: This picture was taken this summer while we were getting my husband's graduation pictures taken. 


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Family #7: Gray Family
Children's names and ages: Riley 4 Landon 3, Iris 3
Specific toy requests for each child: Riley-sofia the first, doc mcstuffins, anything technology-ish. Landon- spider-man, super hero's, jack and the neverland pirates, Thomas the train.
Iris- Sofia the 1st, my little pony and super hero's.
Children's shoe sizes: Riley- 9 toddler Landon- 8 toddler Iris- 7 toddler
Children's clothing sizes: Riley 5T or girls xs, Landon and Iris 3T
Children's favorite colors: Riley-Pink and Purple Landon- blue/green/red Iris-Orange/pink and purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies:  Iris and Riley- Doc Mcstuffins, sofia the first. Landon- Jake and the pirates, super hero's shows.
Your 50 word story: Krissy is a co-worker of mine and recently hurt herself. At our jobs we do not get paid if we take time off of work and she has the little one's birthday this Saturday (11/30). Between not working, and the kids' birthday party, she has been very stressed about being able to afford Christmas presents for her sweet little ones. She is a great mom, and a great co-worker who just needs a little help this year. Thank you. :)
In photo: It was taken at Flat Acre Farms where they went to get pump


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Family #8: Casillas Family
Children's names and ages: Nicholas 7, Jose 4 and Maya 22 months.
Specific toy requests for each child: Maya likes dolls Nicholas like to color and draw and Jose likes cars
Children's shoe sizes: Maya 6, Jose 11, Nicholas 2
Children's clothing sizes: Nicholas pants and shirts size 8, Jose pants and shirts size 5, Maya size 24 months or 2t
Children's favorite colors: Nicholas and Jose both like blue and green Maya pink or purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Nicholas and Jose both like Spongebob and Scooby Doo. Maya likes Sophia the first and Doc McStuffins
Your 50 word story: In August we moved then because of a really bad landlord we had to move out on Halloween. We finally just got in our new place 2 days ago. So after moving twice in 4 months and paying 2 deposits we are now in out of money and owe money. Neither me or my husband are working. He can't work due to health issues an I can't work because I have to take care of him. I'm sorry if this more then 50 words.
In photo: This is our one and only family photo it was taken March 2012. My husband Daniel is holding Jose I am holding Maya and Nicholas is next to me.


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Family  #9: Olivas Family
Children's names and ages: Nathan Fairchild- 4
Specific toy requests for each child: Tag Jr
Children's shoe sizes: 10
Children's clothing sizes: 4
Children's favorite colors: Blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Wonder pets and Epic
Your 50 word story: Hello my name is Jessica Fairchild and I am in need of help this winter but not for me for my mother in law. She is the most caring person I know and she is without heat or hot water right now because her house is falling apart :(. My only wish is that you can fix her furnace and her pipes so she can take a warm shower. I wish. I could help her but we are barely making ends meet and we can barely afford our heating and to feed our family. Please help her! I would be so grateful!
In photo: She takes such wonderful care of her grandson and is so selfless.
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Family #10: Moss Family
Children's names and ages: Martin- 11 Eternity- 9 Martin- Joseph- 6
Specific toy requests for each child: Eternity- Barbies, basketball, earrings, nail polish Joseph- Kid's basketball, football, soccer ball, books about animals. Martin- video games, Oakland Raiders stuff
Children's shoe sizes: Eternity- 3 (y),  Joseph- 12 (c), Martin- 9 (m)
Children's clothing sizes: Martin- Eternity- size 12 pants and size large shirt Joseph- size small 4/5 shirt, size small 7. Martin- extra large
Children's favorite colors: Martin- Black Eternity- Yellow Joseph- Red
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Xbox, DS, Basketball, Football, Violin,
Your 50 word story: My sister is a single mom of three of the most polite, well-behaved, intelligent kids I have ever met. She is working two jobs to help make ends meet. She does not get any assistance from the government and provides for the kids all on her own. They don't to spend a lot of time together due to her work schedule but when they do, it is clear that she loves them and would do anything in the world for them. Some extra help for the Holidays would mean the world to her and her children.
In photo: These are the kids at the park all together.


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Family #11: Masiero Family
Children's names and ages: Zoey 3 ½, Isabella 9months
Children's shoe sizes: 10, 2
Children's clothing sizes: 5T, 12m
Children's favorite colors: Pink and purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Doc Mcstuffins, Curious George
Your 50 word story: When our youngest was born we found out she has down syndrome. She spent her first week of life in the hospitals and has many appts every month. My husband lost his job soon after and though he has a new one we are struggling to catch up on all the bills and rent that we have fallen behind on.
In photo: This was around Halloween my mom took us to a free punkin patch and took a family photo for us since we haven't been able to have one professionally done.


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Family #12: Versacci Family
Children's names and ages: Caley age 11, Rylie age 7, Bailey age 5, Paige age 3 (turning 4)
Specific toy requests for each child: Caley- diary of a whimpy kid (whatever new book that is next), Rylie- bike Bailey - anything tinker bell, Pagie- Disney princess anything
Children's shoe sizes: Caley- size 9, Rylie- size 3, Bailey- size 1, Paige- size 12
Children's clothing sizes: Caley- 2/3 in juniors, Rylie- size 10, Bailey- size 7, Paige- size 6
Children's favorite colors: Caley- blue, Rylie- purple, Bailey- red, Paige- purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Caley - hunger games, Rylie - my lil pony Bailey - johnny test, Paige - my lil pony
Your 50 word story: I’m a single mom n just started a new job, which should be a good thing, but instead we lost our food stamps, and are now having plumbing issues in our home, outside of the mounting bills, daycare has been threatening to throw my kids out of daycare if I don't pay 2 months back pay, upfront. I want to be able to give my girls a good Xmas but I’m worried that won’t happen
In photo: The fantastic 4 as I like to call them


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Family #13: C. Martinez's Family
Children's names and ages: Leo Padilla
Specific toy requests for each child: Legos
Children's shoe sizes: Leo wears 8 mens
Children's clothing sizes: In pants he wears 18 and XL in shirts
Children's favorite colors: Green, red, blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: He likes to skateboard and play the XBOX
Your 50 word story: Carla is his grandmother. Leo has been living with her since February because his parents are abusive. Carla lives on $750.00 a month and his parents do not help her financially.
In photo: This picture was taken on Leos 13th birthday. which was November 11th.


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Family #14: Printz Family
Children's names and ages: Mason, 11 Kyleigh 8
Children's shoe sizes: Mason mens 7 Kyleigh girls 4
Children's clothing sizes: Mason 12/14 Kyleigh 10/12
Children's favorite colors: Mason Red Kyleigh Pink
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Mason likes sports, bikes, dirt bikes, snowboarding, anything active! Kyleigh likes to play with horses and barbies. They like spongebob, teen music, computer games etc
Your 50 word story: My parents were given custody of my Mason & Ky 7 yrs ago, their mother, my sister, battled drugs until last Sept when she died. Their dad comes and goes and does not help. These are such amazing kids who have had so much happen in a short time, they deserve the world. My parents try but are both on disability trying to raise these 2 kiddos, I wish I could put more than 50 words to describe how great these kids are for what has happened in their life. Please I just want them to have a great Christmas this year.
In photo: This is my mom with all her grandkids, at the pumpkin farm. This was right after my sister died and we wanted to do fun things with the kids to show them we love them.


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Family #15: S. Martinez's Family
Children's names and ages: Joseph (3yrs), Brooklyn (4yrs), Charlotte (9 yrs), Victoria (11 yrs)
Specific toy requests for each child: Joseph likes monsters university Brooklyn likes Mini Mouse and Hello Kitty Charlotte likes to color and draw Victoria likes to take pictures and make collages
Children's shoe sizes: Joseph size 11, Brooklyn size 13, Charlotte size 6, Victoria size 6
Children's clothing sizes: Joseph 5T, Brooklyn 6X, Charlotte 14, Victoria 16
Children's favorite colors: Joseph blue/green Brooklyn Pink/Purple Charlotte Green/pink/purple Victoria blue/purple/green
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Joseph likes spider man, monsters university, anything boyish. Brooklyn likes Mini mouse and barbie
Your 50 word story: We are a family of 6 and my husband and myself have been struggling with making ends meet for quite some time. We are both full time employees and it would be a blessing to get a gift like this to help our kids have a great holiday!
In photo: This photo was taken about a year ago. We love to take family photos.


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Family #16: Becker Family
Children's names and ages: Claire Breaker 5 Tallon Miller 11
Specific toy requests for each child: Claire Motorized car she can sit in. Tallon a camouflage XBOX 360 controller
Children's shoe sizes: Claire 13 Kids, Tallon 6 1/2 boys
Children's clothing sizes: Claire 5T, Tallon 16 boys
Children's favorite colors: Claire- Pink, Tallon- Orange
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Claire-Frozen, Tallon-Minecraft
Your 50 word story: I have been divorced for a year and we have been struggling ever since. I can barley put food on the table for my children. I can not get help from the government and I work really hard to provide for them but the money does not go that far. I live paycheck to paycheck and will not be able to buy my kiddos anything for Christmas. I have never asked for help but this year I really need I am very embarrassed for asking and I am not proud. Anything would help and if we get picked thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In photo: Family picture



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Family #17: Del Rio Family
Children's names and ages: DAEJA - 8, SHYLYNN - 5, ANGEL - 4
Specific toy requests for each child: EASY BAKE OVEN HELLO KITTY MICROPHONES BARBIES
Children's shoe sizes: DAEJA - 4-5, SHYLYNN AND ANGEL - 13
Children's clothing sizes: DAEJA - 7/8 MED, SHYLYNN AND ANGEL - 5 - 6 (they are pretty much the same size)
Children's favorite colors: DAEJA - PURPLE, SHYLYNN - PINK, ANGEL - PINK
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: SHREK, TANGLED, DORA, MONSTERS INC, JUSTIN BIEBER, ONE DIRECTION, ART WORK
Your 50 word story: I had custody of 2 of my great nieces thru social services when they were taken from their mom (my niece) I had them for 13 months, they were 6 & 2 when they moved in. During that time their dad Kiko worked hard to turn his life around & did everything requested by the court (even though the kids weren't take from him) & he was given custody in late 2012. He also has another daughter that lives with them. He has his pride however I know that they struggle & the holidays are very difficult for them. I feel they all deserve it.
In photo: This is Daeja and Angel when I had custody of them. Sorry I do not have a photo with their dad or sister.



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Family #18: Hagar Family
Children's names and ages: Jaedon Hagar 3
Specific toy requests for each child: LeapPad ultra green, legos
Children's shoe sizes: 9 toddler
Children's clothing sizes: Shirt 5-6t, pants 5t
Children's favorite colors: Blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Anything with cars
Your 50 word story: My fiancé lost his job recently and is having a hard time finding a new one. I have a broken foot that I have been working doubles on to make ends meet. I am also having surgery on Dec 18 for a cyst on my hand, without pay, so all the money I am making now is having to go to bills.
In photo: Just something fun for my new fiancé, my son and I


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Family #19: Glose Family
Children's names and ages:
Shawn Glose age 7, Nalonie Glose due December 18th, 2013, Stephanie Glose age 23
Specific toy requests for each child: Transformers, Hot Wheels, Legos for Shawn. For Nalonie,  Minnie mouse and diapers and cloths and all Stephanie wants is for her kids my grandkids to have a Christmas
Children's shoe sizes: Shawn size 3, Nalonie newborn shoes
Children's clothing sizes: Shawn’s pants are size 7, shirts are med large and Nalonie 0-3months
Children's favorite colors: Shawn’s is blue and orange and Nalonie’s is pink
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Legos, movies, SpongeBob, Transformers, Batman, Xmen, Iron man, riding a scooter, skate boarding, bike riding, playing the Wii and Xbox
Your 50 word story: My daughter and I are raising her son and daughter together we lost her father in 2008,and my father in 2008 and have lived in and out of hotels for years finally were able to maintain a roof over our heads but struggle every holiday to put it together we don't only feed our house we feed our entire apartment building during the holidays because we don't want to see no one go without please I ask of you we need a blessing for Shawn and Nalonie the Christmas that's all me and Stephanie want is for them to have a good Christmas and Shawn to still believe santa is real
In photo: This photo is one my daughter made. It’s Stephanie, Shawn, Nalonie and then me and my husband holding Stephanie when she was born

 
 


Family #20: Day Family
Children's names and ages: Sianna 5
Specific toy requests for each child: Anything educational
Children's shoe sizes: 11
Children's clothing sizes: 7-8
Children's favorite colors: Pink Purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Mermaids, princesses, bubble guppies
Your 50 word story: I work for a local non-profit and am putting myself through college. I take care of my daughter and disabled mother and my partner was admitted to the hospital on Sunday (my birthday) with an infection in his bloodstream and I’m trying to make the holidays happy for my family.
In photo:  This is my family.The only one missing from the photo is Grandma.

 
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