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Spreading the holiday cheer

At the end of the year when the holidays roll around our community is fortunate to have organizations in place that ensure the seasonal cheer is spread among us.

However, groups such as Truckee Community Christmas, Project MANA and the High Sierra Senior Citizens Center rely on volunteers and donations from the community.

Whether it’s talking turkey or wrapping gifts, here are some holiday suggestions.

Thanksgiving: Project MANA, the non-profit hunger relief organization, which stands for Making Available Nutrition Available, gives food to the needy all year long. On Thanksgiving, the organization offers holiday food baskets to those without enough food. It plans to help over 300 North Shore-Truckee families this year. Project MANA needs volunteers to pick up food from local markets, pack baskets and distribute the baskets on Saturday. In addition, volunteers are needed to cook and deliver holiday meals to homebound clients during the Thanksgiving week. To volunteer, call 546-2416.

— High Sierra Senior Citizens Center -Slug Brown and his crew of volunteers will host the annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the center (a Christmas dinner also is scheduled). Donation buckets to help pay for the dinners have been placed around town or you can volunteer by calling 587-3591.

Christmas: Truckee Community Care coordinates the annual gift and food drives in Truckee with assistance from the Soroptimists, board of Realtors and other area organizations. Warm coats also are collected to be distributed during the winter months.

To assist this year’s efforts, contact one of the following:

— Adopt-A-Family – 582-7950

— Soroptimist International’s toy collections – 587-1620

— Board of Realtors’ non-perishable food item collections – Rose Meyers 582-8022

— Coat collection at Church of the Mountains – 582-5212.

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