I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make the 2012 Project Santa Claus a resounding success. My name is Dave Nelson and as Director of Project Santa Claus for 2012 I especially want to thank my main elves who put in numerous hours this year; they are Nancy Hollenbach — Angel Trees, Dave Biba and Phil Maier — caps and gloves, Dorothy Foster, Deanna Abbott and Debbie Dove — books, Sandy Deyo and Gary Dove — bicycles, John Carne — volunteer coordinator, Dee Bauer, Dave Bauer and Dale Parks — wrapping and general volunteers who we couldn’t do without, Autum Resney — publicity, and our last minute shoppers — Dayleen Weaver and Lexie Weaver. I also want to thank all those who took direction and suggestions from these leaders.Another group that makes Project Santa Claus work are the businesses and organizations who help with either taking large number of angels or help get them out to the public; They are 20/30 Club, Bounce and Play, Century 21, Christ Presbyterian Church, Costco, Crystal Angels, Carson Valley Medical Center, Carson Valley Swim Center, Douglas County FFA, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado Savings Bank, GE, Gratten Exercise Girls, Horizon Resort & Casino, Intero, Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley, M. Scott Properties, United Methodist Church, Pulse Gym, R&T Cleaners, Raley’s, Rite of Passage , Minden Rotary, Scolari’s, Sharkey’s Casino, Soroptomist, St. Gall Catholic Church, Sunshine & Rainbows, Taylor York, Topaz Lodge, Trinity Lutheran, Tumblewind, Walgreens and Wells Fargo Bank. When you stop into any of these businesses or visit one of these groups, tell them thank you.Groups who had volunteers show up at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to help out came from Kiwanis, Rotary, Sertoma, Soroptomists, Crystal Angels, Upward Bound, Boy Scout Troop 411, Girl Scout troops 218 and Troop 284, Backpack Buddies, Living Out Loud, Rite of Passage, Saint Gall Catholic Church, China Spring Youth Camp and Aurora Pines.Businesses who had employees show up and help include Starbucks, Carson Valley Medical Center, Mary Kay Cosmetics and GE.Another source of help is those who give us cash donations. We have many direct costs that must be paid with cash, this group covers those costs and they include Seven and Margaret Ristorcelli, J. Michael Murphy, Jethro’s Oven and Grill, Jon and Rebecca Hannan, Donald L. Cooper, Bill W. Johnson, Douglas Disposal, Inc., Carson Valley Sertoma, Heritage Bank of Nevada, Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge No 2670, Carolyn Shin, C. Champnes, Topaz Sage Hens, Michael and Susan Rowe, Tom and Dedre Whear, George M. Keele, Sierra Motel, Inc., Bette and Earl Christiansen, Carson Valley Realty, Hall Charitable Fund, Glen and Susan Southwick, James and Zona Neighbors, Joyce Hollister, Dale and Donna Gunn, Sam Center, United Electrical, Jack and Sylvia Sweeney, Suzanne Towes, Brian and Marilyn Doyle, Richard Canton, David Canton, Wanda Canton, Beverly Willard, Donna Allgeier, John and Donna Leveck, Deanne York, Doug and Cindy Petersen and Nimby Farm.Businesses and organizations that provided food and beverages for the Project Santa Claus volunteers included Costco, Gourmet Bakery, Merrill Gardens, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, The Carson Valley United Methodist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Ward 3. Businesses that volunteered to provide lunches if necessary were Minden Meat and Deli, The Pizza Factory and The Pizza Barn. We were so lucky this year to have so many businesses offer to help with lunches if needed we wanted to tell you about them also.Businesses and organizations that helped in sundry ways that helped make it all possible CERT, CVCC, TVFD, NDOT, Pit Stop Pots, Douglas County Parks and Recreation and the fairgrounds staff, Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse, Carson City Walmart stores, Starbucks’s Maintenance Department who helped build bikes.Students came from Douglas High School, Carson Valley Middle School, and Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School to lend a hand.Project Santa Claus is truly a community success. While Kiwanis has taken it on as one of its major projects it wouldn’t be successful without the full support of Family Services, CASA and The Record-Courier, and the many service clubs throughout Douglas County. With a project this big, it is hard not to forget someone or some group who also helped. I know I am missing someone who will feel left out and for that I apologize.So, how big was Project Santa Claus this year? In all, 315 families were served and 714 children, who would not have, had a joyful Christmas. We handed out 200 bikes this year and every child who received any gift with wheels received a helmet. As you read this and see your friends and neighbors around town, you know that you live in a very special place.Dave Nelson coordinated Project Santa Claus for the Carson Valley Kiwanis this year.