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Give Back Tahoe: Tahoe Neighborhood Table gearing up for the holidays

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Well, it's the holiday season and, as always, many agencies are asking for support and donations. Meet Tahoe Neighborhood Table, a five-year-old umbrella agency that promotes community enhancement by bringing neighbors together through outreach efforts.

Every Thanksgiving, hundreds of community members gather at North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach for a delicious meal at the Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration. The event is billed as an outreach to the hungry, homeless and lonely — cleverly disguised as a community party, because no one wants to admit to being hungry, homeless or lonely.

Now in its sixth year, the event is free and open to anyone. Donations are accepted, including canned goods, monetary offerings and new, unwrapped toys. (This event is also the kick-off party for the Toys for Tots Christmas season.) All in all, we feed about 600 people between attendees and carry-out packages. It's a ton of food and even more fun.

Speaking of Toys for Tots, we also coordinate the collection and distribution for the California side of North Lake, West Lake and Truckee (Truckee Tahoe Unified School District) in coordination with Truckee Soroptimists and Truckee Community Christmas, ensuring that every child has a Christmas.

Toy collection runs from November 11 through December 15, with numerous drop-off stations throughout the communities. (Visit http://tahoe-truckee.toysfortots.org for locations.)

Last but not least, the annual 38-year-old event, Winter Warmth and Wellness, which occurs the Saturday before Christmas. It offers warm clothing, household and personal hygiene items and occasionally food to anyone in need. We provide paper goods, diapers, soap and detergent — necessities typically not provided by most social service agencies, but are important to maintain healthy, happy families.

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These events need donations and volunteers. Please check out our Facebook pages below, or call Meera Beser 775-230-1066 for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/TahoeCommunityThanksgivingCelebration/

https://www.facebook.com/winterwarmthandwellness/

https://www.facebook.com/tahoetruckeetoysfortots/