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Tahoe/Truckee Toys for Tots kicks off for holiday season

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

Jason Shueh/Sierra SunAgents from Coldwell Banker pose with Santa Claus during Friday's opening celebration for the Tahoe/Truckee Toys for Tots holiday event.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8211; The annual Toys for Tots program began in style Friday with two Christmas kickoff events.

As primary sponsor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage held the two events in their Tahoe City and Truckee offices. The events even included a visit from Santa Claus to help jump start the Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 toy drive.

Mike Lombardi, branch manager at the Tahoe City Cobblestone and Downtown offices, said he couldn’t believe the support from the community. Lombardi said he thanked local business for their donations and especially to the many locals who generously gave.

Pointing to the six bikes stacked against wall, Lombardi couldn’t have been happier.

“It’s not just big business who are donating here, it’s common folks like you and me,” Lombardi said. He said an important aspect of the program is the toys will be directly distributed here in Tahoe.

Jan Chamberlain, a sales associate at Coldwell, said she just enjoyed the simple reactions of the kids at the event.

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“It’s always amazing to see the elation and excitement of the kids when they see the toys and Santa waiting to greet them,” she said.

Toys collected from the festivities and throughout the 15-day program will be donated to children in need by Truckee’s Community Christmas program and the Placer County Resource Center of North Lake Tahoe.

Ashley Lewis, a property management assistant, said Toys for Tots provides a convenient process for local donation.

“Christmas is all about the kids, and this event makes it easy to volunteer and help the community,” Lewis said.

As thanks for donating, locals were given complimentary ski lift tickets to Northstar-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Homewood Mountain Resort, in exchange for a brand new, unwrapped toy.

Lombardi said he invites everyone to come and participate in the annual event.