Volunteer Corner: Lynn Richardson Organization: Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. | SierraSun.com

Volunteer Corner: Lynn Richardson Organization: Truckee Community Christmas, Inc.

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunLynn Richardson cooks up food collections for those in need this holiday season with Truckee Community Christmas.

Tell me about Truckee Community Christmas.

Truckee Community Christmas (TCC) has been an organization for about 16 years, and includes a food, toy and coat drive for people who need assistance. It’s an umbrella organization for the collections, totally volunteer. Ninety-seven percent of the collection goes back into the community.

How many people are in need of assistance this year?

More than 300, including seniors and those who are homebound.

How did those in need apply?

They fill out applications through the schools, Family Resource Center and STEPP. May volunteers go over the applications in detail to avoid duplicates, and find those who are truly in need of assistance. The distribution is equitable ” larger families get larger boxes of food, etc.

What kinds of food are you collecting?

Our is non-perishable foods. Project MANA is the year-round organization. We are seeking pasta, peanut butter, canned goods and, for young families, diapers, formula and baby food. For senior, crackers, teas, soups, individual cans, Ensure drinks. Beans and rice, oatmeal, these are all good, as they can be used more than once for different recipes.

Where may people contribute to the food collection?

We have 13 barrels throughout the area. Grocery stores are the biggest pull. One of our largest contributors is Northstar, they do an inter-department competition to raise money on our behalf. They are a saving grace at the very end, after picking up their groceries at WinCo and delivering them.

When is the drop-dead deadline to contribute?

We will pick up our barrels Thursday afternoon, anybody who wants to donate should do so before then. Ask what do I have in the pantry? Drop off your extras. Or donate money, call me at 582-2422. We purchase grocery store gift cards, that way a family can get what they need. Save Mart started pre-packaging $10 or $20 bags, so you don’t even have to think or shop. Save Mart checkers have been a big help.

How long have you been involved?

Three years with TCC. Andy Otto of Coldwell Banker and the Board of Realtors were coordinators, now it is under the TCC umbrella.

Why volunteer?

Once you start, take that first step and see how fulfilling it is and see the end result, volunteering becomes an important part of your life, whatever capacity you have to offer. It’s a really great experience for adults to do with their children [the food drive]. One woman stood by the barrel with her 15-year-old son for two hours. It is an opportunity to explain to children why this is needed. Volunteering is an important part of life.

” Amy Edgett conducted this week’s Volunteer Corner interview and photo shoot.

For volunteer opportunities, visit handsontahoe.org. Send suggestions to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject, volunteer.

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