In 1983, the event began as a hoax. Someone ran an ad in the Gazette Telegraph saying Bob's business was giving away free food. When people come to his business, Bob explained the mistake and had them come back the next day and provided them with food from his own resources.
The event grew the next year and the next and the next. When it grew into the thousands, SafeChild took over. The Giveaway continued for 22 years, helping thousands of less fortunate have food, clothing, gifts and toys for Christmas. Bob directed the event until 2003 when his health prevented him from doing so. After 2003, the Giveaway has continued through the efforts of many people in the community and eventually the Bob Telmossé Foundation.
Twenty-five years after the original hoax that led to The Bob Telmosse' Christmas Giveaway, The Bob Telmosse' Foundation was created. We are focused on keeping alive both the Christmas Spirit and the commitment to improving the lives of children and families in the Pikes Peak Region, which were the guiding principles of Bob's soul. The Foundation was created to continue the years of dedication Bob Telmosse' gave to the people of Colorado Springs. In addition to continuing the tradition of the Christmas Giveaway, the Foundation is focused on supporting projects in the Region consistent with our Mission to improve the lives of indivuals, children and families.