Time of giving begins today with food drive
December 14, 2012
Assuming weather and emergencies cooperate, Care Flight will be flying Santa into Minden at 10 a.m. today for the annual Share Your Holidays Food Drive.
By the time the big guy arrives, the drive, sponsored by KTVN Channel 2 and the Carson Valley Inn, will be four hours old.
“Every kind of vehicle you can imagine comes through there during the day,” said Inn Marketing Director Bill Henderson. “We had a couple of NDOT vehicles come through, there are fire engines and all kinds of things. That’s part of what makes it so much fun.”
All the food gathered at the drive, last year 100,000 pounds, goes to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, but it comes from many sources.
Cars line up to drop off donations, businesses that have been collecting food arrive, and at the end of the day, several trucks arrive with donations from the Raley’s that were purchased by customers.
Henderson said hundreds of volunteers participate in the event that keep the food closet’s coffers filled until October this year.
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Last year’s event saw 917 cars, six motorcycles and six horses, Henderson said.
“That doesn’t count the garbage trucks,” he said. “There are hundreds of volunteers working here through the day. People’s neighbors and friends come down and socialize. There’s nothing wrong with coming down, parking the car and hanging out for a while.”
The United Blood Services Bloodmobile will arrive at 8:30 a.m. for those who want to give more than food.
Henderson said they’ll have live entertainment through the afternoon.
Channel 2 personalities, including John Potter, Jeff Thompson and Ted Brightman, will be on hand during the day.
Friday won’t be the only opportunity in the days leading up to Christmas to work up some holiday warmth.
Project Santa Claus begins wrapping up, literally, on Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Volunteers are sought to help wrap presents 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the day. Wrapping will continue on Monday and then through Thursday.
“Anyone good with bows and Scotch tape, we’ll find you a spot,” organizers said. “This is where Project Santa Claus can really use your help. Volunteers are needed to help select, wrap and distribute all those gifts.”
Each day there will be coffee, hot cider, a multitude of cookies.
“Donations of warm clothing of any kind are also being accepted at the Helping Hands Thriftstore at 1418 Industrial Way in Gardnerville,” organizers said. “In addition to accepting donations of clothing for Project Santa Claus, the thrift store hands out vouchers through Douglas County Social Services so that those in need of warm clothing can shop free of charge.”
Those who missed donating to Project Santa Claus still have a week to donate to one of the three locations for Toys for Tots in Carson Valley.
Collection points for Toys for Tots are K2 Pilates, 1512 Highway 395 Suite 4, at Old Town Center in Gardnerville; 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Genoa, and at the Genoa Town Square shops, in downtown Genoa. The deadline is Dec. 21.