‘Tis the season of generosity | SierraSun.com

‘Tis the season of generosity

We all know there’s no shortage of generosity in Truckee, but for many families in town there’s a shortage of funds to help spread extra joy during the holiday season.

For the 10th year, Truckee’s Community Christmas program will make sure no family gets left behind by fulfilling their wishes for holiday meals, toys, gifts and warm clothing.

As of this week, shoppers will notice food barrels at the entrances to Safeway and Albertsons waiting to be filled with nonperishable items. The food drive is coordinated by Brian Grocott at Boice Countryside Realty, 582-3324. Businesses and groups that have large food donations can contact Brian to make arrangements for delivery.

Volunteers are also needed to pack and deliver food later in December.

Each segment of the drive needs dozens of volunteers. Contact Anita Spencer at 582-5756 for scheduling.

Toy barrels are also 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, the 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.

Organizations and individuals planning toy drives at holiday gatherings, contact Pat Callahan at 587-4749 for delivery information.

This year a large number of families have applied for the food gift certificate program, which enables them to grocery shop for holiday meals. Please dig deep, Truckee, and send checks or cash contributions to: Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. All donations are tax deductible.

Slightly used warm winter coats for adults and children, as well as children’s snow clothes, are in demand. Clean out your closets and drop off those too-small or seldom-worn items in the entryway at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee, across from the Truckee Community Center.

Contact Mindy Harrington at 582-4752 with questions.

Another easy way to give this year is through the “Gifts for Good” campaign being coordinated by the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation (TTCF). Any amount of money you contribute, no matter how small, can be designated to support a specific area of need in the community. For information, contact TTCF at 587-1776.

Distribution day is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 22. This huge effort, coordinated by so many kindhearted people, is what makes Truckee such a dynamic place to live. Volunteers for wrapping, sorting and delivering can call Anita Spencer or the coordinator listed for each specific area.

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

Updates will continue throughout the next few weeks in the Sierra Sun.

Marianne Porter is writing on behalf of Truckee Community Christmas.

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