North Tahoe lends hand to fire victims |

North Tahoe lends hand to fire victims

Evacuees from South Tahoes Angora Fire who left their homes with little or nothing are finding help from their North Tahoe area neighbors.Businesses and nonprofits from North Tahoe and Truckee are organizing drives to collect clothing, food, toiletries and blankets and motor them to the South Tahoe fire victims.A lot of those people are losing everything, said John Walker, a West Shore resident, who organized a clothing drive with the Tahoe City Public Utility District.Patience Lewis, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent, convened an impromptu meeting Monday to organize support for the victims of the disaster. The group agreed on drop-off points for donations and discussed what necessities would be most needed.I have friends in South Lake and four of them have lost their homes, said Lewis, who works in the firms Tahoe City real estate office.Three employees of the American Automobile Association, which insures approximately 2,000 homes in South Tahoe, offered their help at the meeting, despite being busy with claims and caring for their own employees who lost homes in the fire.Others, including North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club President Julie Johnson and Prudential Realtor Elaine Durazo, offered their help on very short notice.Plenty of people want to help, they just dont know what to do, said Lewis.

Locations to drop off donations for Angora Fire victimsNorth Tahoe Coldwell Banker Office: 531 North Lake Blvd. Coldwell Banker Office/Cobblestone Center: 475 North Lake Blvd. Prudential Realty Offices: 950 North Lake Blvd., Suite 12C AAA Offices: 7717 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe Vista near Lanzas Restaurant. North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings BeachTruckee Prudential Realty: 10800 Donner Pass Road, Suite 101 (across from Tahoe Forest Hospital) Wells Fargo Bank: 11262 Donner Pass Road, Truckee (Safeway shopping center, next to Panda Express), from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Truckee Chamber of Commerce: 10065 Donner Pass Road, in downtown Truckee, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coldwell Banker Glenshire office: 10095 Dorchester Blvd., Truckee, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Truckee Town Hall: 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Squaw Valley Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors: 1810 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Olympic Village Lodge, past the old fire station at the end of Squaw Valley Rd., Tuesday June 30 through Sunday July 1 from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Mens, womens and childrens clothing newer, lightly worn is preferred, summer clothing is encouraged (shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans/casual pants), lightly worn shoes including sneakers and boots. Also new undergarments in packaging would be greatly appreciated socks, underwear, etc. Toiletries such as toothbrushes, deodorant and childrens toys will also be accepted.

The West Shore Association is organizing a clothing drive for the Angora fire victims. The West Shore Association, The Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Tahoe City Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the drive. Where: Rideout Community CenterWhen: Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Commons BeachWhen: Sunday, July 1Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring clothing, blankets, towels, anything that someone might need who has just lost everything. Please bring the items in a bag for easy transport.Volunteers are needed at Rideout School on Saturday and Sunday and at Commons Beach to accept and sort the donations.

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