Guest Column: A season for giving |

Guest Column: A season for giving

Remember the old adage: It’s better to give than to receive.

When you’re the giver, you feel real good inside. When you’re the receiver, you feel loved and remembered.

For the past seven years, the Truckee Community Christmas has remembered those in our town who need a little extra attention during the holidays.

Food, gifts, toys, clothing and food gift certificates will be collected over the next few weeks to aid needy families and seniors though the Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Senior programs.

The Adopt-A-Family program, sponsored by Truckee Rotary, kicks off the first week in December. About 30 families will be selected for the program by local agencies, Community Care, schools and churches. Sponsors provide a complete Christmas dinner and gifts for the children of each family. Volunteers are needed to offer their time or money to make the program as successful as it has been in years past. Adopt-A-Family forms can be picked up at Florian’s, located next to Safeway in the Gateway Shopping Center. For pick-up hours and information, contact Patti or Ron Florian at 550-0802. Families and seniors not adopted will then be eligible for the food gift certificate and toy program.

Gifts and food donations for Truckee’s senior citizens can be tagged and placed in children’s toy barrels at various locations around town. Individual seniors can be adopted through the Adopt-A-Senior program which provides gifts from a wish list. General gifts can be dropped off at either The Village Shoppe in downtown Truckee, at the Rock Garden on ShaNeva Drive and Hwy. 89 North or the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District office on Donner Pass Road. For information about the senior program, call Connie Lentz at 582-8359.

Now through Dec. 15, toy barrels for new, unwrapped toys can be found at Safeway, Albertson’s, Longs, Bank of America, Gateway Fire Station, Placer Savings, Sierra Sun, Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation, Bank of the West’s downtown and Gateway branches, as well as the administrative offices at the airport, USBank and the 7-Eleven on Donner Pass Road. The Rock Garden is collecting toys and non-perishable food. Newborns and children through age 17 will be receiving toys. For information, please contact Brenda LeBlanc at 587-6759.

The Sierra Board of Realtors will collect non-perishable food. Collection barrels will be at the Truckee Safeway and Albertson’s supermarkets from Thanksgiving weekend until Dec. 15, the final collection day. Please show your generosity and support for this essential program. If your organization or business is considering food drives, please contact Jim Goulding at 581-7633 or Bill Smidt at 587-1620.

Clean, warm, current-style coats are being collected by the Church of the Mountains. For drop-off information, call Virginia Knittle at 582-5212. Please remember this is for coats only – no other clothing can be accepted.

The food gift certificate program relies on the generosity of local residents, businesses and organizations who donate money specifically designated for families of this project. Tax-deductible cash donations can be sent to: Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. (a non-profit organization), P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160.

The distribution date for all the programs is Monday, Dec. 18. This is a huge project which is always made easier by Truckee’s unending generosity. For additional information, please contact Joan Hartwell at 587-7945.

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