Truckee Community Christmas helps neighbors

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TRUCKEE, Calif., (KOLO) – The Truckee Community Christmas non-profit organization has provided help in the form of large boxes of food, grocery store gift cards, toys and coats for more than 25 years to people and families identified as the most in need during the holiday season. This program, which vets recipients and depends on the sheer generosity of locals, will benefit several hundred Truckee families, teenage moms and their children and low-income or homebound seniors.

There are several ways caring community members can step up to help:

- Look for food collection barrels placed at Safeway and Save Mart beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and donate non-perishable food items;
- Collection bins for new, unwrapped toys can be found at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners’ association clubhouses, and businesses around town;
- Warm, clean, gently used winter coats can be dropped off at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee and Tahoe Forest Church on Hirschdale Road;
- Donors can also provide necessities for seniors, whose wishes are often easy to fulfill and whose gratitude is always abundant. Gratitudes in downtown Truckee is coordinating senior gift donations.

In addition to goods and services, help is needed to sort and pack donated items at the SELS school gym on Donner Pass Road Dec. 21 and 22. Toys will not be wrapped this year. The food drive needs assistance from volunteers too.

For those who prefer to give a tax-deductible contribution, checks can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, Calif. 96160 or log onto TruckeeCommunityChristmas.com to donate online or to find out more.