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Give Back Tahoe: Truckee Community Christmas helps those less-fortunate

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Truckee Community Christmas gifts for seniors overflow from Gratitudes' collection box last year.

This holiday season, make a difference locally by giving to community members that need it most through the Truckee Community Christmas program.

An all-volunteer nonprofit, Truckee Community Christmas depends on the time and contributions of local businesses and individuals to extend a helping hand to Truckee's neediest families during the holiday season.

The Truckee Community Christmas umbrella organization has been in existence over 25 years. One of the hallmarks of the effort is a system that's in place to identify recipients by working with local agencies.

Several hundred Truckee families, teenage moms and their babies, and low income or homebound seniors who qualify for the program receive a large box of food items, grocery store gift cards, toys and coats.

"The Truckee community has come together, showing an incredible giving spirit for the last 25 years," said Kathy Bender, Truckee Community Christmas board president. "We hope community members and businesses will continue joining in this humanitarian effort to let our most vulnerable neighbors know they aren't forgotten during the holidays."

Truckee residents can find food collection barrels at Save Mart starting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and collection bins for toys can be found at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners' associations and businesses around town. Warm, clean, gently used winter coats can be dropped off at Church of the Mountains, Tahoe Forest Church, Starbucks and Mountain Hardware.

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A senior effort and book drive are also going on. For those interested in volunteering to help sort, pack and wrap donated items at the SELS school gym on Dec. 15 and 16, along with volunteers for the food drive, check out the TruckeeCommunityChristmas.com site for more information. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, PO Box 2955, Truckee, Calif. 96160.