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Stop procrastinating, start giving

Community Christmas, by Marianne Porter

With only two days left until the Truckee Community Christmas program comes to a close, the time for procrastinating also comes to an end.

I’m guilty of food shopping without taking the time to buy necessary goods for the barrels, too, but honestly, our family donated toys on Monday, and I’ll get the food under control by Friday morning. Lists have been provided at the grocery store bins to help you decide what to give.

Friday’s a big day for all the event organizers. It’s collection day for toy and food barrels around town. Everything will be removed for sorting, packaging and wrapping. Food gift certificates may be donated at the last minute by calling Joan Hartwell at 587-7945. Money is desperately needed for families to purchase their own holiday meals. Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to Truckee Community Christmas, P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160.

Friday also marks the beginning of the immense toy wrapping event at the Tahoe Truckee High School Auditorium, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., which continues Saturday morning at 9 a.m., until every toy is wrapped and ready for delivery. We need lots of volunteers. To schedule time, please call Anita Spencer at 582-5756 or Pat Callahan at 587-4749.

The Adopt-A-Senior program needs more donors to fulfill wish lists for Truckee’s seniors. Terrie Rankin is heading up the project and needs gifts turned in by Friday. Please help Truckee’s seniors by contacting Terrie at 587-7291 to help make an elderly person’s holiday brighter. Wrapped, name-tagged gifts can be dropped off at Truckee Travel in the Gateway Center, the Sierra Sun, and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District office on Donner Pass Road at the intersection of Northwoods Boulevard.

Church of the Mountains coat drive still needs adult’s and children’s warm, gently used coats. Kids snow clothes are also in demand. Contact Mindy Harrington at 582-4752 for information.

Let’s give one last burst of energy to make this year a real success. Toy and food barrels are located at all Bank of the West branches, US Bank, Plumas Bank, Bank of America, Safeway, Albertsons, Longs, Rite Aid, Truckee Travel, Gateway Fire Station, Prudential California Realty, Coldwell Banker, Century 21, Porter-Simon, Sierra Sun, Glenshire Elementary, Truckee Elementary, Tahoe Truckee High School and the Rock Garden, to name a few. Wrapping paper, ribbon and tape are also needed.

For general questions about Truckee Community Christmas, please contact Joan Hartwell at 587-7945.

Marianne Porter is active in Truckee Community Christmas.

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