Gifts for an entire community’s good
Is it just me or did an entire month disappear without warning? To me it feels like the calendar jumped from Labor Day to mid-November and I didn’t pass go or collect $200. I don’t recall much of October. Too many days buried in reports and glued to Powerpoint on my computer. This is not healthy. I completely failed to enjoy what I understand was a really nice fall. Darn.It’s November now and we are already facing – whether we like it or not – the holiday ads, displays and cheer. That means it’s time to kick off our annual Gifts for Good fundraising campaign. Now in our fourth year, Gifts for Good is a partnership between the Sierra Sun, Tahoe World and Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. Gifts for Good was established as a way for locals and second-home owners to give directly back to the community through monetary donations. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, donations of any size are accepted. Every dollar is returned to the community. The money raised is then applied for by local non-profits and organizations through a grant process. Over the past three years we’ve managed to raise more than $230,000. Thanks to the generous donations from our readers and community members this money has been given back to the Truckee and North Tahoe communities through programs like Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, Wilderness Finders Search and Rescue or WOOF, Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council, Sierra Teen Education and Parenting, Truckee River Watershed Council, Kidzone, Community Recovery Resource, Hands on Tahoe, Tahoe Forest Hospice, Community Christmas, Tahoe Maritime Museum and many more.For the next eight weeks we’ll highlight the stories of another eight organizations that benefited from the grants made through last year’s Gifts for Good campaign. We know you’ll be inspired by the work they do and the positive contribution they make to our area and the people who live here.If you’re like me, time flies partially because so many things compete for our attention. Work responsibilities, family life and activities, local issues, national and international news, weather disasters and so on. We are constantly on the run. The holiday season promises to add to the considerable list of things to do. We hope on that list is the note: “Make a donation to Gifts for Good.” To those who have donated in the past and helped us pass the $200,000 mark – thank you. Your community, your neighbors and everyone at the Sierra Sun, Tahoe World and Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation are grateful.Jody Poe is the publisher of the Sierra Sun. Reach her at email@example.com.