Truckee Community Christmas programs kick off next week |

Truckee Community Christmas programs kick off next week

With the holiday season just around the corner, Truckee area volunteers are stepping efforts to foster a spirit of giving.

Organizers of Truckee Community Christmas are gathering food, gifts, toys and food gift certificates for needy area families and seniors.

The Adopt-A-Family program, sponsored by Truckee Rotary and Safeway, will kick-off Thanksgiving weekend at Safeway, in the Gateway Shopping Center. A list of 50 families selected for the program by local agencies, Community Care, schools and churches will be available to adopt for the holidays.

Sponsors provide Christmas dinner and gifts/toys for the children of each family. Volunteers are needed to pitch in and offer their time or money to make the program as successful as it has been in years past. For information, call Ron Florian at 582-7950 or Patti Florian at 582-4107. Names of eligible families will be available for two weeks. Families not adopted will then be eligible for the food gift certificate and toy program.

Gifts for seniors can be dropped off at the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District office on Donner Pass Road or they can be dropped off with items for the toy drive. For information about the senior program, call Connie Lentz at 582-8359.

Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner will collect new, unwrapped toys beginning Thanksgiving week. Toys for newborns and children through age 17 can be dropped off at collection boxes at many businesses in town. If your business is planning a holiday party, consider asking guests to bring a toy for distribution. For information, call Rosemary O’Gorman at 582-7619.

The Tahoe-Sierra Board of Realtors will collect non-perishable food. Collection barrels will be at the Truckee Safeway and Lucky supermarkets, and the Glenshire General Store from Thanksgiving weekend until Dec. 12, the final collection day.

A one-day collection on Dec. 12 will take place at the Tahoe City Safeway and Lucky stores and the Kings Beach Safeway. If your organization or business is considering food drives, call Rose Meyers at 550-9667 for information about where to drop off food.

Clean, warm coats are being collected by the Church of the Mountains. For drop-off information, call Virginia Knittle at 582-5212. This is for coats only.

For the second year, the Salvation Army and 7-Eleven will be collecting toys, gifts and money for children and seniors at the 7-Eleven Store on Donner Pass Road. Gifts can be returned to the store for distribution. Call David and JoDee Turnquist at 587-4246 or 587-4734.

The food gift certificate program relies on the generosity of local residents, businesses and organizations who donate money specifically designated for families of this project. Tax-deductible cash donations can be sent to: Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. (a non-profit organization), P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. The distribution date for toys, food and warm coats is Monday, Dec. 21.

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