By Michelle Portesi.
The holidays are upon us, and it’s that time of year again when our small community comes together to help out those who are less fortunate. Every year Truckee Community Christmas collects non-perishable food, monetary donations, coats and toys to make Christmas a little more bright for struggling families in our area.
Food donations bins will be available at Save Mart and other venues in the area. Keep an eye out for them from December 1 through the 20th. It’s easy-peasy to add a few more items to your grocery cart and drop them in the barrel on the way out of the store, so please consider that option as you walk down the grocery aisle. A list of food suggestions is located here:
Volunteers are stationed at the barrels during peak hours, so money is also gratefully accepted if you find that more convenient.
Winter here in mountain country brings freezing temperatures and a need for warm outerwear. You can donate your gently used coats at several local churches as well as our local Starbucks through December 16. For coat donation information, go here: www.truckeecommunitychristmas.com/coats
On December 10th, Zano’s Italian Restaurant is having a toy donation party. Go to Truckee Community Christmas’s website to register. Meet your neighbors, grab some pizza (and vino!) and drop off some toys. www.truckeecommunitychristmas.com/calendar
Donations and money are great, but never discount the value of donating your time. Truckee Community Christmas is always in need of volunteers to man the barrels and help with collection and distribution. Go to their website to read more on their programs and/or to volunteer. www.truckeecommunitychristmas.com
Lynn Richardson, who brings you this blog, has been an integral part of spearheading Truckee Community Christmas for many years. I know how much time and energy she spends on this project in addition to her busy real estate business. Please consider lending a hand this holiday season.