Time’s running out to give
Hi folks! News updates about the Truckee Community Christmas program were slim last week, so we took a week off from printing our gentle reminders to give, give, give. All the gears are turning and the program is on a healthy roll since it began about 10 days ago.
Town is sprinkled with many large, bright banners announcing drop-off locations for toys and food. Local businesses are enthusiastically organizing their own drives that will coordinate with the big picture of helping community members in need.
It’s really rewarding to find food lists at Safeway and Albertsons that suggest which items to drop into bins on your way out the door. It takes the guessing out of holiday giving! Foods must be non-perishable with a reasonable shelf life to make distribution easier. Toys are also available for purchase close to checkout stands to make it more convenient to do your part without having to shop in Reno.
Please contact the people listed below for specific information about their part of the program.
Toy sorting and wrapping takes place at the Tahoe Truckee High School Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. until the job is done. Lots of volunteers are needed, so please call Anita Spencer at 582-5756 or Pat Callahan at 587-4749.
Toy barrels are posted at various locations around town. New, unwrapped toys can be placed in bins 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, Truckee Elementary, Tahoe Truckee High School and the Rock Garden, to name a few. Wrapping paper, ribbon and tape may also be placed in toy barrels.
Keep those slightly worn winter coats for adults and children coming in to Church of the Mountains, where Mindy Harrington is coordinating the collection. Children’s snow play clothes, boots, hats and gloves are also desperately needed.
Cash donations for the food gift certificate program allow needy families to shop for holiday meals on their own. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Truckee Community Christmas, P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160.
Distribution day is set for Monday, Dec. 22. For questions about the food drive, call Brian Grocott 582-3324; for coat drive information call Mindy Harrington at 582-4752; for the toy drive call Pat Callahan at 587-4749; for scheduling and volunteers call Anita Spencer at 582-5756.
For general questions about Truckee Community Christmas, please call Joan Hartwell at 587-7945.
Marianne Porter is writing on behalf of Truckee Community Christmas.
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