Needed: toys for teens and teethers
It’s a real challenge to find toys and gifts for infants and teens when breezing through a store looking for ideas. All the aisles seem stocked with toys for kids age 2 through 12, who are definitely the focus of the marketing world when it comes to holiday shopping.That’s a good thing because while we’re whittling down our own shopping list we can easily purchase something to drop in toy barrels around town (and at the CHP front office on Highway 89). This leaves a gap for younger and older children, though, that can be remedied by donating money specifically for toys if you can’t find what you’re looking for.Shoppers can make purchases for specific age groups that help round out the giving. Contact person Pat Callahan says she has about 25 infants on her list this year.”Gifts for young babies are more for the family,” she says. “It makes families feel good to know that their infant hasn’t been forgotten.”Ideas for newborns and teethers range from rattles, teething rings and plush toys to sleepers and baby clothing. Teens prefer gift certificates to purchase quick lunches, CDs and other accessories. Some suggestions include hats, gloves, nylon wallets, lotions, jewelry, blank CDs, DVDs or certificates to local clothing and sports stores. Bins for new, unwrapped toys are at all Bank of the West locations, U.S. Bank, Plumas Bank, Bank of America, Safeway, Longs, Rite-Aid, Prudential California Realty, Coldwell Banker, Century 21, Porter Simon, Sierra Sun, Truckee Elementary, Glenshire Store, Glenshire Elementary and Truckee High School. Wrapping paper, ribbon and bows are also needed. Coordinators Karla Pombo and Pat Callahan need volunteers to wrap toys on Monday, Dec. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. until everything is finished. Helpers need to bring tagged scissors with their names on them to the Truckee High cafeteria. For more information, contact Pat at 587-4749.Don’t forget the seniorsThe senior and homebound Meals-on-Wheels program needs donors to fulfill wish lists. Gift ideas include everyday necessities like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, socks, sweaters, robes, electric blankets, space heaters and money for food.Coordinator Terrie Rankin says she has more people this year, and a few have specific needs. Some people are very private and would prefer food gift certificates so they can purchase what they want, particularly if they are on a special diet. One local quilters group donated two new sewing machines – a generous move sure to bring about big smiles. Contact Terrie Rankin at 587-7291 to sign up for a senior.Food barrels for collecting nonperishable goods are stationed at Albertsons, Safeway and Coldwell Banker offices. Current freshness labels are a must. Homemade canned and baked goods cannot be accepted due to health code regulations. About 100 families, seniors and homebound citizens will benefit from the program. Cash donations for the food gift certificate program allow recipients to purchase exactly what they need. For information, contact Andy Otto at 587-1163.Gently worn coats and snow clothes can be dropped off in the entry at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee, across from the Truckee Donner Community Center building. Other collection sites include Glenshire Elementary School, and the Contractor’s Association of Truckee-Tahoe (CATT). The program needs more toddler and young children’s snow boots. Coat zippers need to work and buttons must be attached. For information, contact Mindy Harrington at 582-4752. Cash donations for the food gift certificate program and for toys can be sent to: Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. Donations are tax deductible.Contact Joan Hartwell at 587-7945 for general information.Marianne Porter is a volunteer with Truckee Community Christmas.
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