Friends to All seeking people to get Santa visits today

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Friends to All is dedicated to bringing joy, cheer and friendship to senior citizens in the community during the holiday season. Since 1999 this group has been working to meet the needs of those with limited financial resources who are home-bound or in care centers with little or no family nearby. Each year 150-200 visits are averaged in the Carson City area.

Volunteers are grouped into teams dressed as Santa Claus and Santa Helpers making stops at the homes of senior citizens in the community delivering visits and small gifts donated by individuals and businesses. The joy on the faces of those who receive visits when they open their doors and see Santa Claus bringing a gift and having their photo taken with the jolly fellow can be a meaningful experience.

Friends to All is seeking names and addresses of seniors who would enjoy a Santa visit this year. If you know of a neighbor or family member who would appreciate a visit during the holidays, please call (775) 301-6747 or email gwenpradere@gmail.com. The holidays are often very lonely times for seniors with little family or friends nearby. The mission of the visit is to bring joy to those who are alone far too much.

This event is made possible through generous donations from local businesses and members of the community. Donations of cash, crossword puzzle books (large print, if possible), slipper socks, gloves, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs, lotions, lip balm, calendars, packaged small food items such as candy, cookies, or nuts, gift cards from grocery or gift stores, hair salons, barbershops, or restaurants that deliver ~ basically anything that a senior may be able to use are appreciated.

Cash donations are used to purchase gift cards for grocery stores to be given to seniors in need. Donations are 501(c) (3) tax-deductible and check donations should be made payable to Friends To All, Inc. A receipt will be provided.

Drop off locations are:

A+ Documents, Inc.
411 W. Third Street, Suite 1 (Corner of West Third & Minnesota Streets)

Coldwell Banker Select
123 W. Second Street (W. Second Street, Hwy 395 & Curry Streets)

Realty Executives
1071 S. Carson Street (By Red’s)

State Farm Insurance – Marilyn Lewis
321 W. Winnie Lanes, #106 (Winnie & Division)

Vital Signs
2412 S. Curry Street