The Greater Genoa Business Association is hosting a winterized version of its Sweet Sippin’ Sunday event, which will be called Sweet Sippin’ Santa.The event will take place 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the state’s oldest downtown and benefit the Crystal Angels, which help out seniors and children during the holiday season. Rum and brandy will be served at participating businesses. The town will be decked out in lights, and some establishments will have fireplaces ablaze. Cost of the event is $10 and includes a keepsake glass and passport. Completed passports will be placed in a drawing for $100 in Genoa bucks, which can be used at participating businesses.For more information, call Sweet Repeats at 309-3133.
Smith’s Food & Drug is inviting customers to offer hope in the form of meals to others this holiday season. Continuing through Dec. 29, customers can add a donation of $5, $10 or $15 to their grocery purchases. All contributions will be converted to Smith’s gift cards and given to food banks in Northern Nevada for turkeys, hams and staple food items like peanut butter and tuna. “We hope our customers will use our Bringing Hope to the Table program as a convenient means to donate to their local food bank,” said Marsha Gilford, Smith’s vice president of public affairs. Smith’s Food & Drug is a leader in support for local food banks throughout its seven states of operation through cash contributions and the stores’ daily donations of nutritious yet unsaleable food items. In 2011, Smith’s 40 Nevada stores donated enough food to create 642,000 meals for the hungry, the great majority of whom are single women with children.For more information, visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com.
It’s My Community Store, a Sparks-based office supply store that gives up to 10 percent of every order to a local charity or nonprofit of the customer’s choosing, is expanding its efforts and community outreach into rural Nevada and is looking for local nonprofits and charities to partner with.“By expanding into rural Nevada, It’s My Community Store gives smaller non-profits the chance to be supported by their own local businesses. At no extra expense and minimal effort everyone has the opportunity to better their own community. For example businesses in Yerington can choose to have their 10 percent sent to Yerington High School; this means the school now has the opportunity to buy new textbooks or desks for students,” said Jenifer Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store.The store plans on being in Carson City, Elko, Ely, Gardnerville, North Lake Tahoe, Pahrump, Winnemucca and Mason Valley by spring of 2013 year. “We decided it was time to reach out to the smaller nonprofits in Nevada and give them the same opportunity that has helped over 35 non-profits in the Reno area,” said Rose. “You shouldn’t wait for someone else to come and help the people and organizations in your hometown thrive. You have the power to make decisions every day that will be beneficial to others in your area. Make a conscious effort to support the things and places that support your community, and to actively educate others about doing the same. It’s amazing the power people can have when they pull together.”For more information, visit www.itsmycommunitystore.com.