North Tahoe-Truckee Toys for Tots collections under way |

North Tahoe-Truckee Toys for Tots collections under way

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate at 950 North Lake Blvd., No. 12C, in Tahoe City is this year’s Toys for Tots headquarters, and one of many drop-off sites.

Collections began Nov. 15 and run through Dec. 19. Sites will collect donations of new and unwrapped toys to benefit thousands of children in need in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities.

All toys collected will be donated locally to children in need through the Truckee Community Christmas program, and in the North Tahoe area by Elaine Durazo, local coordinator/organizer of the Toys for Tots program, and Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens.

“The success of this campaign could not be achieved without the support and efforts of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate team, Truckee Community Christmas and the many wonderful participating businesses,” Durazo said.

Last year, Toys for Tots provided more than 3,500 toys to more than 425 local families, representing more than 890 local children, Durazo said.

“We look forward to continuing to bring each child a little Christmas and hope again this holiday season,” Durazo said.

Applications to receive toys can be picked up at the Truckee Family Resource Center, the Tahoe City Library, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe office, and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach.

Application deadline is Dec. 11. The last day for toy collection is Dec. 19.

On the North Shore, toy distribution will be held Sunday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at The North Tahoe Events Center at 8318 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach.

To learn more about Truckee Community Christmas, visit or call 530-587-2757.


Toy contributions can also be made at the following Community Kick-off Parties. Guests are requested to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children, from newborn to 17 years of age:

Zano’s Family Italian & Pizzeria Kick-Off Party & Truckee-Donner Chamber Mixer: Monday, Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. Santa will make a special visit, so bring the entire family and enjoy pizza, pasta and dessert.

River Ranch Winter Welcome Party & NTHS Jazz Ensemble Holiday: Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Enjoy cookies, s’mores, hot cocoa and a discount menu. Santa will be there as well.

Sunnyside Kick-Off Party & North Tahoe Chamber Mixer: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m.. Enjoy appetizers, cocoa, cookie decorating and a no host bar. Santa will be present for photos.

“The Gang” Game Night and Toys for Tots Collection at Rosies Café: Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 7 p.m.. Casino night with live music starting at 9 p.m. Adults only.

Also, Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats in Truckee will offer a glass of wine and/or a choice of dessert with a toy donation through Dec, 19. Limit one per guest please.

“We look forward to another blessed year supporting our local kids and the Toys for Tots program,” said Jamie Dewit, Tahoe-Truckee manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

Donations can be dropped off at any location with a US Marine Toys for Tots banner. A list of all locations can be found at

Monetary donations are also welcome. For additional information, contact Durazo at 530-386-0635.

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