Coldwell Banker kicks off Toys for Tots Collection

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comSanta congratulates Marines Matt Walker, left, and Ben Stryffeler for serving their country as soldiers and their community as volunteers for the Toys for Tots campaign at a Tahoe City Coldwell Banker kick-off party.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, will celebrate its 25th consecutive year as a participant in the United States Marine Corps Reserveandamp;#8217;s Toys for Tots program, offering two kick off parties.Along with four Tahoe-Truckee Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices, many local businesses will serve as official collection centers for new, unwrapped toys Nov. 25 through Dec. 15. Collection stations can be identified by a prominently displayed U.S. Marine Corps Reserveandamp;#8217;s banner. All toys collected will be donated locally to children in need through Truckeeandamp;#8217;s Community Christmas program and in the North Lake Tahoe area by Elaine Durazo, the Marine Corps Reserveandamp;#8217;s Toys for Tots local coordinator organizer and agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Applications for receipt of toys can be picked up at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach, North Tahoe Middle and High Schools, the Tahoe City Library and the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is also inviting the public to two Toys for Tots community parties. The first will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. at Zanoandamp;#8217;s Italian Restaurant, 11401 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. The second will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 4-9 p.m. at Sunnyside Resort and Lodge, 1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Free appetizers, desserts, cocoa and refreshments will be served, live music will be provided by Sheldon Felich and Band, and Santa will be present for photos and to hand out candy canes. Entry to the event will be a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for a child up to 17 years of age.andamp;#8220;As the designated local coordinator organizer for Toys for Tots I am proud to be coordinating this yearandamp;#8217;s kick-off parties and the collection and distribution activities in the Truckee-Tahoe area,andamp;#8221; said Durazo. andamp;#8220;The success of this campaign could not be achieved without the support and efforts of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage team, Truckee Soroptomist, Truckee Community Christmas, and the many participating businesses. Last year the program provided more than 2,500 toys to our local children and we hope to do more this year with the help of our two community parties.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;We are looking forward to another wonderful year supporting the Toys for Tots program,andamp;#8221; said Mike Lombardi, manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Tahoe/Truckee region. andamp;#8220;The community plays such an important part in our business and Toys for Tots allows us the opportunity to give back. It has been incredibly rewarding to help bring smiles to the faces of so many children over the past 25 years and we hope to continue this holiday tradition for many more to come.andamp;#8221;Individuals interested in donating a new, unwrapped toy or making a donation by check to the Toys for Tots program may do so at one of the following local Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices: Truckee: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Truckee Donner Pass, 17400 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, 530-587-7474; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Truckee Glenshire, 10095 Dorchester Drive, Truckee, 530-587-6051Tahoe City: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Tahoe City Cobblestone, 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-5581; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Tahoe City Downtown, 531 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-2800For more information, please visit or contact Durazo at 530-581-8888 or Contact Lombardi at 530-581-7779 or

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