Fallen Owl Tattoo's annual toy drive: Give and get inked

Now through December 1, giving also means getting at Fallen Owl Tattoo, 8789 West Colfax in Lakewood, where anybody who brings in a few unopened toys during the third annual Toys for Tattoos Toy Drive receives a gift certificate good toward a tattoo.

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Fallen Owl is collecting donations for the Action Center, 8755 West 14th Avenue, a human-service nonprofit that's helped thousands of local families -- both homeless and near homeless -- break the cycle of poverty by providing basic human services on an immediate basis to those in need.

"I know it sounds cheesy," says Fallen Owl Owner Adam Rose. "But if everybody just did a little bit, the world would be a better place." When he opened up shop in 2010 just a half-block from the Action Center, Rose saw young, downtrodden families walk through the organization's doors every day.

"We're in a position to actually give back," says Rose. That's why one of his many philanthropic endeavors involves collecting toys for children in need.

Rose works frequently with the Action Center. "They run on a shoestring budget, and it's mostly volunteers over there," he points out.

Want to get involved? Drop off three or more new toys any day between noon and 9 p.m. and you'll receive a certificate good for $40 off a single tattoo, redeemable within one year. The Action Center is most interested in toys for newborn through age twelve, and all types of toys will be accepted. But, says Rose, "As a tat shop, we always like crafts."

Once the drive is over, toys will be given to the Action Center, where a shop will be set up so that parents can come in and choose toys for their children. "It's a really cool set-up because parents and families get to go in and shop and pick things their kids will like," Rose says.

Last year, Fallen Owl gave out eighty gift certificates in the name of Santa -- and that doesn't count all the folks who dropped off toys just to help out. Rose expects the 2013 drive to be even bigger. For more information, visit Fallen Owl on Facebook.

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