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Local groups make holiday a time for giving

Kara FoxSierra Sun
Emma Garrard/Sierra SunStore manager Lydia Sparksworthy places a donation box at the front of Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks in Truckee Monday afternoon. Customers can donate books which will be distributed to local children in need.
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From donating toys and food to giving Fido a new bed, a number of local organizations and businesses are providing the community with various ways to give to the less fortunate this holiday season.It is good to be able to do something good for a neighbor during the holiday season, said Paula Lauer, site manager of the North Tahoe Family Resource Center.The Kings Beach Family Resource Center is in the fourth year of its Angel Tree program, which connects families in need to individual or business sponsors who can provide gifts to the family. The center is also accepting monetary donations this year for families who need food, heat and light. We want to make sure everyone has a safe and happy holiday, Lauer said. The Truckee Community Christmas organization has been helping Truckee families for 20 years by collecting food, toys, gifts, coats and books from various nonprofits and businesses.The holidays can be hard, especially for the kids, said Joan Hartwell, board president of the Truckee Community Christmas. Its good to give just so they feel like someone cares. People are very generous.Coldwell Banker is one business that gives back by doing a food drive for Truckee Community Christmas and a Toys for Tots drive for the Placer County Sheriffs Office. Last year, the business collected 450 toys at its offices in Truckee, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista and on the West Shore, said Daunielle Cutting, a managing broker for Coldwell Banker. All of us live here full-time and we like giving back to the community, Cutting said. It feels good.Humans are not the only ones in need during the holiday season. Cats and dogs have needs as well, according to Tails By the Lake owner Robert Burks. Burks has a tree in his Squaw Valley store where customers can pick a cat or dog to buy a gift for. He receives the pet names and photos from the Human Society of Truckee Tahoe and the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation.Toys and treats are the best gifts, Burks said. Beds are a really good thing because they can take it to their adopted home.Whatever the gift, Hartwell says giving is the important part.We want to make sure those kids have a fun and safe Christmas, Hartwell said.

Senior CenterSenior CenterAs part of the Truckee Community Christmas, the Truckee Senior Center hosts the Adopt-a-Senior gift program. Contact Patti Bena at 587-4550 and she will match you with a senior who has a particular need.Church of the MountainsWarm coats and childrens snow clothes are being collected as part of the Truckee Community Christmas. Clothing must be in clean and decent condition. Items can be dropped off at the Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee near the Truckee Community Center. Call Mindy Harrington at 582-4752 for more information.Asant Lakeside FitnessTo give to a needy person, choose a name from the fitness centers tree in Tahoe City or call 583-4283 for more information. North Tahoe Family Resource CenterTo adopt a family from the Angel Tree, visit the center at 8321 Steelhead Ave. in Kings Beach or call Jacqui at 546-0952.Coldwell BankerAll six of Coldwell Bankers offices are accepting new, unwrapped toys as part of the Toys for Tots drive. Stop by their offices on the West Shore, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista or Truckee.North Tahoe Hebrew CongregationThe North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation is accepting clothes and food for the North Shore community. Items can be dropped off at 7000 Latone Ave. in Tahoe Vista, off National Avenue. The congregation is also looking for volunteers to help sort the items. Call 546-0895 for more information.Bookshelf at Hooligan RocksCustomers can buy a new book for a child at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks and the shop ensure the delivery of the book as part of the Truckee Community Christmas.Tails By the LakeCustomers can buy an item for a humane society dog or cat listed on the Squaw Valley stores tree, and receive a 30 percent discount toward that item.


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