My Turn: Truckee’s Community Christmas kicks off | SierraSun.com

My Turn: Truckee’s Community Christmas kicks off

Patricia JohnsonMy Turn

Inundated with grim financial news daily, it’s no surprise that some of are using the Grinch as our holiday giving model. Yes, times are tough; therefore nurturing the Christmas giving spirit within our community is more important than ever. It is this very spirit that makes Truckee the kind of place that we can be proud of.Not surprisingly the community need is greater than ever before. Proud families andamp;#8212; not unlike your own andamp;#8212; who have never asked for help before, are now contacting local service agencies for help with basic household expenses. When you agonize over your somewhat sketchy December family finances, it might help to think about your fellow community members who are struggling to put food on the table, with little hope of Christmas bounty. Our December calendars are jam-packed with a slew of holiday events, but supporting less fortunate community members isn’t as hard as you might think. Be part of Truckee’s giving soul. Here’s four ways to contribute:1. Go through your coat closet and pick out what your family has outgrown (you might need to get some items cleaned if necessary) and drop them off at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee.2. Pick up a few extra nonperishable food items to donate at Save Mart or Safeway.3. Choose a toy and drop it off (unwrapped please!) in one of the many toy barrels located at businesses, schools and banks all over town.4. Write out a check to make a monetary contribution and put it in the mail, addressed to P.O. Box 2955 Truckee 96160, or donate to the TTCF’s Gifts For Good and specify that you want your donation to go to Truckee Community Christmas.Truckee Community Christmas is an all-volunteer organization. These folks are not executive directors or paid professionals of local social service agencies. They are simply your neighbors, collectively, becoming part of something larger. Truckee Community Christmas formed in 1996 to serve as an umbrella organization to coordinate the various food, toy and clothing drives already in place in the Truckee Community. The goal has always been to insure that those in our community that need the most help, from infants to seniors, receive it during the holiday season. A secondary goal has been to facilitate a coordinated distribution effort to avoid duplication of those needed items andamp;#8212; the idea being to reach as many in need as possible.Join this army of volunteers and experience how good it feels to come together as a town to help individuals and families that you may not know, but that live nearby.One or two small gestures from many can combine to become a giant caring helping hand that gives, remembers, helps, feeds, clothes; that provides basics and then a little extra something for a child or a senior who certainly does not have as much as perhaps you do. Patricia Johnson is a 20-year Truckee resident and local practicing attorney. She has served on the Truckee Community Christmas board since its inception in 1996.