Precious CarGo for Families in Need
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Carlos Gonzalez and his family, wife Indonesia and son Santiago, hosted the Precious CarGo Toy Drive at two separate locations, collecting nearly 500 toys for Colorado families in need.
Part one of the Precious CarGo Toy Drive took place at Coors Field and fans were lined up on Blake Street starting about 5 a.m.-four hours before the 9 a.m. start time-to get a CarGo autograph and donate their toy. After two hours of autographs for toys, Carlos and his family headed south to the new Colorado Spring Dugout Store for part two of Precious CarGo.
When the Gonzalez family arrived in Colorado Springs, they were met with another long line of fans that were there to donate a toy to those less fortunate in the season of giving. Toys donated at the Colorado Springs location stayed in Southern Colorado, finding their way to local charities, and toys donated by fans at the Coors Field location were given to a variety of Denver-area organizations: Samaritan House, Tennyson Center for Children, Vino y Chocolate Toy Drive, GIVE Denver-Adopt a Family and Children's Hospital Colorado.
"I'm so glad we can make it happen," Gonzalez told Rockies.com on the day of the event. "It's been so great to spend time with the community, with the fans. I'm surprised how many people showed up today. I'm really excited because it's a good cause."
While Precious CarGo was a Gonzalez-inspired initiative, it wasn't the only holiday project Gonzalez participated in this year, and on Dec. 6, CarGo spent time at Children's Hospital Colorado for the annual Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store. For the Holiday Wish Store, patients who are unable to leave the hospital are afforded the opportunity to go "gift shopping" for their families from items donated to the Wish Store. CarGo was at the Wish Store with Dinger, signing autographs for kids and posing for photos.
Even though the Holiday Season is over until next year, Carlos and the Gonzalez family certainly made a difference in the lives of many families this year.
"We're going to help a lot of people, a lot of kids, with Christmas presents," Gonzalez said. "I'm really proud to be a part of all this, and the Rockies organization, too."