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Truckee is gearing up for the holidays

You’ve seen them in local banks, food stores and real estate offices. Food and toy barrels stand ready to be filled and collected, over and over again, until trucks are packed full of goods for local families and seniors in need during the holidays. Distribution day is only three weeks away, on Dec. 21, and crews are working hard to make sure this year is especially bountiful.Food barrels appear in Albertsons, Safeway and Coldwell Banker offices. Nonperishable foods with current freshness labels can be deposited in bins, where food lists are available to make shopping and giving easier. (Sorry, no homemade canned or baked goods because of health code regulations.) More than 100 families, seniors and homebound citizens will receive meals through the program. Cash donations are needed for the food gift certificate program. For more information, please contact Andy Otto at 587-1163.More than 100 seniors and homebound Meals-on-Wheels participants will be taken care of this year. “We’re getting lots of phone calls,” says coordinator Terrie Rankin, “but we still need a lot more.” Rankin says one phone call from a Forest Service employee took care of 13 wish lists, which made a significant impact on her to-do list. “Truckee is wonderful and in past years every senior has been taken care of,” she says. Wish lists include items like flannel nightgowns, robes, slippers, food gift certificates, space heaters and even a sewing machine. To adopt a senior, please call Rankin at 587-7291.New or used winter coats and snow clothes can be dropped off in the entry at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee, across from the Recreation & Parks building. Glenshire Elementary School, and the Contractor’s Association of Truckee-Tahoe (C.A.T.T.) are also collection sights. Please check all coats to make sure zippers work and buttons are attached. Coordinator Mindy Harrington can be reached at 582-4752.Beginning this weekend, more toy barrels will appear at participating banks, real estate offices, businesses and schools. New, unwrapped toys can be placed in bins at all Bank of the West locations, U.S. Bank, Plumas Bank, Bank of America, Safeway, Longs, Rite-Aid, Prudential California Realty, Coldwell Banker, Century 21, Porter Simon, Sierra Sun, Truckee Elementary, Glenshire Elementary and Truckee High School. Wrapping paper, ribbon and bows are also needed.Toy coordinator Pat Callahan says gifts for infants and teens ages 14 to 18 are greatly needed. Toy wrapping takes place in the new cafeteria at Truckee High School on Monday, Dec. 19, from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. until finished. For more information, and to volunteer, contact Callahan at 587-4749.Cash donations for the food gift certificate program can be sent to: Truckee Community Christmas, P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. All donations are tax deductible.For general information about the program, please contact Joan Hartwell at 587-7945. Marianne Porter is a Truckee resident and volunteer with Truckee Community Christmas.

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