Postal workers collect, then distribute items to help families in Express Innís annex program

       As part of the U.S. Postal Service's community outreach program, collections from local carriers and postal patrons were distributed to about 130 low-income residents in the Express Inn's C-C Boarding Home Annex program Dec. 21.

With some of the donated goods in the foreground, Santa and Mrs. Claus talk to youngsters about the qualities of the Christmas tree next to them during the U.S. Postal Service's event in the Express Inn lobby Dec. 21.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The Christmas-flavored event also included door prizes and a Mr. and Mrs. Santa in the inn lobby for the roughly 10 children from annex families.
       The help effort involved area postal stations that have adopted the annex, including the West End station in Old Colorado City, according to Ron Perry, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado Springs.
       Donations included cash, gift cards and presents for the children and many of the adults, as well as food and clothing, he said.
       Through its C-C Boarding Home Annex, the Express Inn offers nearly half of its 120 rooms to formerly homeless people or working-class families that have fallen on hard times, according to Barry Tiggemann, managing partner of the 45-year-old hotel at 725 W. Cimarron St. The residents pay $240 a month for a room, or sometimes they are sponsored by churches or other entities. The annex staff helps tenants with government paperwork, job searches and other issues.

Westside Pioneer article