Sam Sandos Christmas Basket Program

The Sam Sandos Christmas Program began in 1978 in the kitchen of Sam and Ethel Sandos, as a means to help out a few families who were down on their luck.

Sam and Ethel provided a basket of food and a Christmas tree for the holidays. A few years later, Sam and his good friend, Joe Lucero, saw a need in the community for families who couldn’t afford a holiday meal. They worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Presentation Church to provide food baskets to needy families. Thus began, “The District Three Christmas Basket Program.” Designed to “Serve those who would, otherwise, not be served.” The program has since grown and serves residents of Jefferson, Denver, Adams and Arapahoe counties.The program builds and delivers food baskets complete with a turkey and all of the trimmings for a holiday meal. This event occurs on the Saturday before Christmas.


Volunteers gathered to assemble over 2200 food baskets for needy families

This years event  is December 18, 2021.

We wanted to let you know that in light of COVID, we will not be having an in-person event this year.  We are unwilling to put families and volunteers at risk of being infected.

We will instead hand out gift cards and a turkey as we did last year. We are going to need to fundraise a great deal of money in order to do this.  We are asking that in lieu of volunteering this year, you consider donating to the Sam Sandos Christmas Baskets . You can use the paypal account or simply mail a check to :

Sam Sandos Christmas Basket Program

Federal Tax ID # 20-1712387

P.O. Box 370945

Denver, CO 80237-0945

We are a recognized 501-C-3 non profit and would love to have your support!

Please pass this on to all of your friends and ask them to support us!

Thank You!