Community Christmas begins drives |

Community Christmas begins drives

With the Christmas holidays only five weeks away, Truckee volunteers are on the move, organizing Truckee’s Community Christmas drive. Food, gifts, toys, clothing and food gift certificates will be collected to aid needy families and seniors in the Truckee area.

The Adopt-A-Family program, sponsored by Truckee Rotary, will kick off the first week in December. About 35 families will be selected for the program by local agencies, Community Care, schools and churches. Sponsors provide a complete Christmas dinner and gifts/toys for the children of each family.

Adopt-A-Family forms can be picked up at Florian’s, located next to Safeway in the Gateway Shopping Center. For pick-up hours and information, contact Patti Florian at 582-4107. Families and seniors not adopted will be eligible for the food gift certificate and toy program.

Gifts are also being collected for Truckee’s senior citizens. The Adopt-A-Senior program provides a gift or gifts from a “wish list” that individual seniors request. General gifts for seniors can be tagged and placed in the children’s toy barrels found at various locations around town or they can be dropped off at either The Village Shoppe in downtown Truckee or the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District office on Donner Pass Road. For information about the senior program, call Connie Lentz at 582-8359.

From Nov. 27 through Dec. 17, toy barrels for new, unwrapped toys can be found at Safeway, Albertson’s, Longs, Bank of America, Gateway Fire Station, Placer Savings, Sierra Sun, Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation, Bank of the West’s downtown and Gateway branches, as well as the administrative offices at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, USBank and the 7- Eleven on Donner Pass Road. The Rock Garden at ShaNeva Drive and Highway 89 is collecting toys and non-perishable food. Newborns and children through age 17 will be receiving toys. For information, contact Pat Greenlaw at 587-6061.

The Sierra Board of Realtors will collect non-perishable food. Collection barrels will be at the Truckee Safeway and Albertson’s supermarkets from Thanksgiving weekend until Dec. 16, the final collection day. If your organization or business is considering food drives, please contact Jim Goulding at 581-7633 or Bill Smidt at 587-1620.

Clean, warm, current-style coats are being collected by the Church of the Mountains. For drop-off information, call Virginia Knittle at 582-5212. No other clothing will be accepted.

The food gift certificate program relies on the generosity of local residents, businesses and organizations who donate money specifically designated for families of this project. Tax-deductible cash donations can be sent to: Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. (a non-profit organization), P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160.

The distribution date for all the programs is Monday, Dec. 20. By receiving donations early, donors will help to ensure that Truckee’s families and seniors will have a brighter, happier holiday. For information, contact Joan Hartwell at 587-7945.

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