My Turn: A look behind the scenes of Truckee Community Christmas

Katie ShafferSpecial to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Itandamp;#8217;s the week before Thanksgiving and some of you may want to savor this time of year rather than fast-forwarding to thoughts of the holidays. However, the Truckee Community Christmas program needs Truckee residents to mobilize and do what they do best: help one another. With a variety of giving options and donation locations, our organization is making it easier than ever this year.The all-volunteer Truckee Community Christmas coordinates several drives which kick off this week.For anyone reading this who also sets foot in one of our area grocery stores between now and mid-December, I hope youandamp;#8217;ll take note of the food barrels that are set by the exit doors. Project MANAandamp;#8217;s collection barrels are out until Nov. 16, then the Truckee Community Christmas food barrels replace that effort. We work closely with the worthy Project MANA organization. Check out the food lists of suggested items, and if you can, pick up a few extra cans and boxes of food to donate.Last year we were in short supply for our holiday food drive. Please consider helping us out this year.Thereandamp;#8217;s also a coat drive coordinated by two church congregations in town. If you have any coats that you can part with, make sure they are clean and then drop them off at Sierra Bible Church out on Brockway Road, or at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee. Weandamp;#8217;ll take it from there.To donate unwrapped toys, there are about thirty collection points all over town at businesses, real estate offices, banks, fire houses, schools, the Sierra Sun office and homeownersandamp;#8217; association clubhouses.An outreach effort for seniors is also going on. Truckee Community Christmas provides a little something, mostly food gift cards, for about 60 low income seniors in Truckee and for another 60 home-bound seniors who live in the region.On distribution day in mid-December, approximately 200 needy families will line up to receive a box of food staples, a toy for each child in the family and warm coats as we have available.Our board works diligently with local agencies such as the Family Resource Center and the local schools to screen all the applicants, cross-reference, double-check for dupes and to also weed out those who donandamp;#8217;t qualify. Recipients of our organizationandamp;#8217;s small offerings are our communityandamp;#8217;s truly needy. Most of us drive by where these families live, on our way to our own homes every day. They are our neighbors; they are members of our community and they deserve to believe that they are cared about.Of course monetary donations are always gratefully accepted. Send your checks to TCC c/o P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. Truckee Community Christmas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization therefore your contribution is tax deductible.If readers have any questions about any component of Truckee Community Christmas, call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-2757. Also if you want to andamp;#8220;Likeandamp;#8221; us on Facebook, readers can follow our updates and count yourself as a supporter! You can also help us get the word out by printing this out and routing it in your office, or forwarding it on to your friends. I hope each one of you reading this will find it in your heart to give joyfully in the coming weeks in any way that youandamp;#8217;re able. Thank you Truckee. You always come through!Katie Shaffer is a Truckee Community Christmas board member.

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