Project Santa Claus, a volunteer organization in its 23rd year of lending a hand to Douglas County children in need, is getting ready for the holidays.
Angel Trees have sprouted up all over Douglas County. Residents can pick an Angel and sponsor a child for Christmas by wrapping the gifts they buy and returning them to the Angel Tree location by Dec. 14.
"The gifts will be distributed to the families a few days before Christmas by a dedicated team of Project Santa Claus volunteers," organizers said in a press release. "In 2011, more than 700 children from 350 Douglas County families were given a wonderful Christmas due to the overwhelming generosity of our community."
The umbrella of Project Santa Claus covers children from the Carson Valley Community Food Closet families who are approved by Douglas County and Washoe Tribal Social Service Departments, as well as children of Family Support Council families and CASA who are approved by their case workers. Children are also referred by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Austin's House, and the Family Support Council Shelter. Project Santa Claus is not affiliated with Toys for Tots.
For those who are not in a position to shop for gifts, they can send a monetary donation to Project Santa Claus at P. O. Box 3031, Gardnerville, NV. 89410.
Contributions are tax deductible under C.V. Kiwanis Foundation, an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization.
Volunteers are also needed to make Project Santa Claus happen. The operation will get underway at 9 a.m., Dec. 15 at the fairgrounds building in Gardnerville.
For more information, call volunteer coordinator Jim Blaisdell at 392-1772 or Chairman Dave Nelson at 790-3502.