Truckee Community Christmas update |

Truckee Community Christmas update

The application deadline for families in need of assistance this holiday season is Friday, Dec. 8, and the number of those asking for help continues to grow.

“We will have close to 150 approved families by the end of the week,” says Joan Hartwell, coordinator for the Truckee Community Christmas program.

That number may go higher as the week unfolds.

“We really need toys, food and money donations now,” she emphasizes.

Over 30 seniors have been approved for the Adopt-A-Senior program and about 35 families are being cared for by the Adopt-A-Family program.

The remaining 100-plus families will be supported by community donations to the food, toys, clothing, coat and food gift certificate programs.

Gifts and food donations for Truckee’s senior citizens can be tagged and placed in the children’s toy barrels at either The Village Shoppe in downtown Truckee, at the Rock Garden on ShaNeva Drive and Hwy. 89 North or the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District office on Donner Pass Road. For information about the senior program, call Connie Lentz at 582-8359.

To adopt a family, please contact Patti or Ron Florian at Florian’s Fine Wines, 550-0802. Sponsors provide a complete Christmas dinner and gifts/toys for the children of each family. Volunteers are needed to offer their time or money to keep the program on schedule.

Through Dec. 15, toy barrels for new, unwrapped toys can be found at Safeway, Albertson’s, Longs, Bank of America, Gateway Fire Station, Placer Savings, Sierra Sun, Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation, Bank of the West’s downtown and Gateway branches, as well as the administrative offices at the airport, USBank and the 7-Eleven on Donner Pass Road. The Rock Garden is collecting toys and non-perishable food. Newborns and children through age 17 will be receiving toys. For information, please contact Brenda LeBlanc at 587-6759.

Collection barrels for non-perishable food are also at the entrances to Truckee Safeway and Albertson’s supermarkets through Dec. 15, the final collection day. Please make donations as soon as possible because it takes time to organize and distribute to so many families. If your business is considering a food drive, please contact Jim Goulding at 581-7633 or Bill Smidt at 587-1620.

Clean, warm, current-style coats are being collected by the Church of the Mountains. For information, contact Virginia Knittle at 582-5212.

The food gift certificate program relies on the generosity of local residents, businesses and organizations who donate money specifically for families of this project. Tax-deductible cash donations can be sent to: Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. (a non-profit organization), P. O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160.

Please consider donating now because of the early distribution date. Arrangements can be made to pick up donated items by calling Joan Hartwell at 587-7945.

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