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As deadline nears, Tahoe toy drive coming up short of goal

A look at some of the toys that were collected last year for the inaugural Incline Community Toy Drive, which ended up delivering several hundred toys for Incline Village families.

A look at some of the toys that were collected last year for the inaugural Incline Community Toy Drive, which ended up delivering several hundred toys for Incline Village families.

IF YOU GO

What: 26th Annual Christmas Tree Village Holiday Mixer

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: At businesses in the Christmas Tree Village corridor in town, on both sides of Highway 28

Why: Come support local business; there will be free food and drinks. Further, residents are asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy or a donation for the Incline Community Toy Drive.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With a deadline just five days away, volunteers are urging residents to donate to the Incline Community Toy Drive.

In all, 125 Incline families will receive toys from the drive, which wraps up Tuesday, Dec. 10, said Mike Young, president of the Incline Community Business Association, a co-sponsor of the drive with Business Networks International.

As of Wednesday, the drive was still 75 percent away from a goal of several hundred toys.

“We’re really trying to rally the community so we can take care of the local families who are in need,” he said. “It’s the holiday season, and it’s the right thing to do. It’s all about giving.”

As previously reported, a number of factors led to the cancellation of this year’s Toys For Tots distribution, which would have been the community’s 35th.

It’s ICBA’s hope the 26th annual Christmas Tree Village holiday mixer this Friday will boost efforts to make the inaugural Incline Community Toy Drive a success.

Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the mixer, which will feature Santa Claus, free food and drinks and music at the Christmas Tree Village shopping center. Businesses include Mofo’s, Lake Tahoe Lockshop, Crosby’s, Village Interiors, Yoshimi Sushi, Garrel’s Gallery, Subway, Tommy Bahama, Indu’s Asian Noodles and Curries, Rapture Salon, and Bolam Gallery.

New this year is participation from nearby businesses, including Incline Cleaners, High Sierra Gardens, Village Toys, Incline Liquor, Redemption Sports, Incline Liquor, Susie Scoops, Handmade at the Lake, and Wood Stove Distributors.

“We’re getting the fire district to light up the street so it’s safe for everyone to cross,” Young said.

Residents still can donate unwrapped toys at a barrel location throughout town, including the Incline Village Visitor Center, Hacienda de la Sierra, IV Coffee Lab, Chase International, Crosby’s, Village Toys, Bar Bar Bar, Dress The Part(y), Redemption Sports, Rookies, Lake Tahoe Lockshop, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and the Recreation Center.

Residents who don’t have a toy can also donate cash, Young said — 100 percent of donations will go to buying toys for next weekend’s distribution. All toys go to Incline Village families.

ICBA is looking for volunteers to help gather toys at Friday’s mixer, and to help wrap them next week. To learn more, contact Young at contact@visit inclinevillage.com or 775-832-5860, or visit the ICBA website at www.visit inclinevillage.com.

Residents can also donate online by clicking the big Incline Community Toy Drive logo on the front page of the ICBA website.