A successful season of sharing for Lake Tahoe
Special to the Bonanza
Thank you to everyone for the generous donations to so many different programs throughout the holiday season.
The real magic of this season is always because our community cares and shares with those in need.
Here is an update on the giving programs that helped make the holidays special for many others in our area.
Adopt-a-Family Program — generous donations of clothing and basic needs were provided to 17 families through this program sponsored by the Lake Tahoe School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Tahoe Family Solutions. Donations made at the Lake Tahoe School site covered 12 families and at the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church site five families.
Adopt-a Senior Program — this program sponsored by the IVGID Rec. Center and Senior Programs provided wish list items and holiday meal gift cards for 36 local seniors.
Tahoe Youth and Family Services — this program provided warm clothing items to help homeless teens and young adults in need in our area. The program received enough donations to support all in need this winter.
Holiday Hope Program —The North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach provided gifts and basic needs through its Holiday Hope Program to 52 families during the holidays. In addition, they were able to connect with another 134 families through collaboration with Meera Beser and the Holiday Clothing and Food Drive Giveaway.
Incline Community Toy Drive —the Incline Community Toy Drive sponsored by The Incline Community Business Association and Tahoe Family Solutions provided toys for 278 children.
Incline High School JROTC Holiday Food Drive —The Highlander Battalion collected 401 pounds of non-perishable food for Project MANA during the holiday food drive at Incline High School.
Northern Nevada Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes 2013 — The Northern Nevada Red Cross office in Incline Village collected 1,500 cards of thanks, encouragement and holiday cheer for members of the military and their families during the holidays.
Pet Network’s Holiday Giving Programs —Pet Network received $2,000 in donations from Wishing Trees, Rescue Wreaths and gourmet coffee during the holidays.
Project MANA’s Let’s Talk Turkey — During the Let’s Talk Turkey program in Incline Village boxes of food to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal were provided to 600 families in the Tahoe area and included more food this year for each family than in any other previous year. In addition to healthy, easy to make items, Project MANA also supplied recipes to prepare side dishes.
Shop with the Sheriff Program —the Shop with the Sheriff Program provided 200 underprivileged and at risk children ages 7-13 with the opportunity to purchase items during the holidays.
Toys for Tots Tahoe City/Truckee — this program served 418 Tahoe children under 18 and 439 Truckee children. The program received a total of $8,014 in financial support — $5,000 from the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation — and $3,014 from Tahoe and Truckee locals and businesses. The program also provided approximately 200 gifts (lotions/perfume baskets) and board games, and some toys to the distribution at the North Tahoe Family Resource Center via Meera Beser and provided approximate 150 toys, games, books to The North Tahoe Boys and Girls Club of Kings Beach.
Again thank you for all of the generous donations and contributions. Also thank you to everyone that volunteered. Without the many volunteers the holiday giving programs would not be successful.
Jean Eick is the communications manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.
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