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Truckee Community Christmas provided for many

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Amy Edgett/Sierra SunThe Truckee Community Christmas team and Soroptimist wrapping event is given a helping hand by the CHiPs program, a toy collection run through the California Highway Patrol. "I just want everyone to know how generous the community has been," said CHP's Tony Prisco. "We recieved 405 presents, what this community doing is awesome." Pictured from left: CHP Volunteer Darlene Fleming, Soroptimists Noel Trim, Alissa Just, Tenaya Ideker and CHP officer Tony Prisco.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee showed just how big its heart is, and how much residents care about fellow neighbors by supporting the Truckee Community Christmas nonprofit umbrella organization which wrapped up efforts Dec. 17.

The Truckee Community Christmas program, which oversees food, coat, and toy drives during the holiday season and also serves to assist local elderly residents provided for a total of 349 individuals and families this year.

Each recipient was provided with a box of food, food gift cards, one wrapped age-appropriate toy for each child in the family and warm coats. This year, 215 families were qualified through a thorough application process along with 25 families from the STEPP program. Additionally, 59 seniors and 50 homebound individuals received gifts and food gift cards.

Two area ski resorts outdid themselves this year by donating generously.

Squaw Valley donated an impressive 800 brand new jackets to the coat drive. And Northstar California set out to raise $5,000 for the food drive via employee contributions and a company match, and they exceeded this goal. Both Squaw Valley and Northstar also donated vans and drivers to deliver the goods to the coat and food drive sorting center.

The Soroptimist International Truckee Donner, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps and Toys for Tots, collected, wrapped and distributed toys to the areaand#8217;s neediest children and the California Highway Patrol also chipped in with a large contribution of models, toys and puzzles.

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Safeway and Save Mart served as the main drop off point for most food donations, and both grocery storesand#8217; parent corporations agreed to name Truckee Community Christmas as their designated food bank for the mid-November to mid-December program.

Porter Simon Law Office, Plumas Bank, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Sunrise Rotary and the Noon Truckee Rotary clubs, Biking For A Better World, the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations, businesses, homeowners associations, schools and churches rallied to support Truckee Community Christmas. Some staffed food collection barrels at Safeway and Save Mart on weekends, some adopted a senior, and others simply wrote a check or donated to the various drives. A complete list of all known persons who provided donations will be listed in a paid advertisement in the Sierra Sun soon.

and#8220;We would like to thank the many locals who stepped up and showed how much they care,and#8221; said Truckee Community Christmas board president Pam McCarthy. and#8220;Year after year, we could not provide for so many families without the support from essentially, our entire town, which comes together and makes something quite larger than themselves happen.and#8221;

Readers who wish to keep this worthwhile effort on their radar for next year can and#8220;Likeand#8221; Truckee Community Christmas on Facebook.