Give a little, get a lot after giving
Contrary to some bumper stickers out there for our driving entertainment, I prefer the simple notion that “Good Happens.” Good happens all the time in Truckee, especially this time of year when hundreds of individuals and businesses give from the heart to help needy Truckee residents enjoy the holiday season.A clear, simple note written by one of Truckee’s seniors made me pause, think and realize how important Truckee’s Community Christmas program is: “…a very special warm feeling in my heart for not feeling forgotten.”The key here is “not feeling forgotten.” Every can dropped into food bins at Safeway and Albertsons helps round out a holiday meal. Each toy placed in a barrel eases the stress load for parents who can’t afford one more gift or necessity.Toy barrels appear in various locations starting today, Dec. 3. New, unwrapped toys for infants, and kids ages 9 through 15 are being targeted this year. Of course, other age-related toys are welcome. Wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, bows and gift cards may also be deposited in barrels. Several wrapping days are being scheduled and volunteers are needed to help. For information on wrapping or the toy drive, please contact Pat Greenlaw at 587-6061or 587-6205. You’ll find toy barrels at the following locations: all Bank of the West branches, US Bank, Plumas Bank, Bank of America, Safeway, Albertsons, Longs, Rite-Aid, Truckee Travel, Gateway fire station, Prudential California Realty, Coldwell Banker on Donner Pass Road and in Glenshire, Century 21, Porter Simon, Sierra Sun, Truckee Elementary, Glenshire Elementary and Truckee High.Food barrels are posted in Safeway and Albertsons, as well as at Glenshire Elementary, Alder Creek Middle School and Truckee High. Northstar employees are also organizing and collecting food. Coordinator Mike Moretti has a food list for Latinos and seniors that he can fax to your home or office. Contact Mike at 550-8964 for more information. A general food list is available at grocery stores to make it easy to contribute while doing your daily or weekly shopping. (Mine tends to be daily!) So far, cash donations for the food gift certificate program have come in strong, but we need more money to allow families to purchase their own holiday meals. Tax-deductible cash donations can be mailed to: Truckee Community Christmas, P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160 or contact Joan Hartwell at 587-7945.Clean, gently worn winter coats are being collected at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee and at Glenshire Elementary. This year, the highest demand is for children’s snow clothes and boots. Snow pants, bibs, fleece jackets and vests, heavy parkas, gloves, hats, and warm, waterproof boots are welcome. All coats and snow clothes should be free of holes, stains and missing parts. For more information, contact Mindy Harrington at 582-4752.The Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council holiday gift program has gotten off to a great start, according to coordinator Terrie Rankin. Wish lists for seniors and disabled adults include coats, shoes, sweatpants, blankets, CD players, appliances, and gift certificates for food and Dial-A-Ride passes. Cash donations can be sent to the Truckee Community Christmas address above by specifying a dollar amount for seniors. Dial-A-Ride passes come in handy for seniors that need transportation to the grocery store or doctor’s office. Passes cost $20 for 25 rides and can be purchased by calling 587-7451 or visiting the Aztek Transportation office at 10266 Truckee Airport Road. For more information or to adopt a senior, please call Terrie Rankin at 587-7291.Look for updates in next week’s Sierra Sun. Thanks, Truckee, for making good happen this holiday season.Marianne Porter lives in Truckee.