Time to kick off ‘Gifts for Good’ campaign | SierraSun.com

Time to kick off ‘Gifts for Good’ campaign

As I sit writing this, it looks a bit like a Courier and Ives scene outside. The beauty of this place continues to awe me. As does the spirit of the people who live here. It’s a giving spirit, one of lending a hand, volunteerism and genuine concern for our community.

Whether the cause is schools, kids, animals or the environment, the strength and giving nature of our community shines through. The snow falling reminds me that we’re headed toward the holiday season. It’s during the holiday season that giving is foremost in our minds.

Today, the Sierra Sun and Tahoe World are pleased to kick-off the 2003 Gifts for Good campaign. We proudly partner for the second year with Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation in promoting this project. Gifts for Good was launched last year as a platform for giving during the year-end holiday season, and we accepted donations of any size. The donations made, stayed local and helped fulfill local needs.

Gifts for Good funds were collected by the foundation and held in a trust. One-hundred percent of the funds were then made available to Truckee/Tahoe area non-profit and service organizations via a grant process. A number of organizations took advantage of the grant opportunity and are now benefiting the Truckee/Tahoe communities with their work. Organizations include: KidZone, Kings Beach Family Resource Center, Truckee River Watershed Council, Community Christmas and so on.

Our mission this year is to expand the coverage of the Gifts for Good program by featuring eight of the groups that received grant money last year.

You’ll see in the pages of the Sierra Sun and Tahoe World just where your donations went and how they are returned to benefit the health and well being of this great place. Thank you for your support last year, and please consider making a contribution to the campaign again. It is the giving spirit inside all of us that we’re counting on.

Jody Poe is publisher of the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at jpoe@sierrasun.com.

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