Carson City area holiday help list

Lindsey McElfish, left, and Sierra Fowzer of Carson City Parks and Recreation add toys to the collection bin to benefit Toys for Tots. Drop toys through Dec. 19 at bins located at the Carson City MAC, Community Center, Aquatic Facility, or Ron Wood Family Resource Center.

Lindsey McElfish, left, and Sierra Fowzer of Carson City Parks and Recreation add toys to the collection bin to benefit Toys for Tots. Drop toys through Dec. 19 at bins located at the Carson City MAC, Community Center, Aquatic Facility, or Ron Wood Family Resource Center.

Ron Wood Family Resource Center is working to feed hungry families this Christmas season. A tax deductible donation of $25 will provide a holiday meal for one large family. Ron Wood Family Resource Center is at 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 62, Carson City, 89706. Call 775-884-2269 or go to

All branches of the Lyon County Library System are accepting non-perishable food as a payment for overdue fines through Dec. 31. For every fine you owe, bring in one item of non-perishable food and the library will waive one Lyon County Library System fine. Non-perishable items include canned and dried vegetables, fruits, soups, meats, and stews, boxed and dried juices and milk; flavored, pre-packaged rice and noodles, cereals, pre-packaged hot beverage and seasoning mixes. No jars.

Home Instead Senior Care is facilitating Be a Santa to a Senior, a program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season. Be a Santa to a Senior trees are up at Smith’s Food and Drug, 2200 US-50 in Dayton or 599 E. Williams St. in Carson City; CenterPoint Church, 100 Breakwater Drive in Dayton; and Paradise Salon, 3430 Executive Pointe Way in Carson City until Dec. 8. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping. Go to, or call 775-336-5333.

The 24th annual Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive will be collecting non-perishable goods from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The nonprofits Advocates to End Domestic Violence, FISH and Ron Wood Family Resource Center will benefit. Food donations also can be dropped from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, or before Dec. 9 at Genoa Volunteer Fire Department, 340 Jacks Valley Road, Genoa.

Carson City Parks and Recreation Youth Programs is partnering with the Department of Child and Family Resources to donate new toys to Ron Wood Family Resource Center, who joined with Toys for Tots. Toys for ages 0-18 are being collected through Dec. 19 at the Carson City MAC, 1860 Russell Way; Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.; and Carson Aquatic Facility, 841 N. Roop St. The age group most in need is 10-18. Donate directly to Toys for Tots at or at the Ron Wood Family Resource Center, 2621 Northgate Lane. Contact Sierra Fowzer at 775-887-2290, ext. 7428, or

Collections for Toys for Tots in Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties are in full swing. For a list of drop-off locations, go to Money donations can be sent to Joyce Buckingham, executive director of the Ron Wood Family Resource Center and Toys for Tots coordinator, at 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 62, Carson City 89706. Call 775-884-2269. Families who need help buying Christmas presents can call Toys for Tots at 775-781-8838 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 24. Spanish speakers can call 775-781-6079.

Boxes of See’s Candies, wrapped in holiday paper, will be sold through Christmas week to benefit senior and youth projects, scholarships for CHS students and other community projects. Carson City Host Lions, the oldest service club in the capital city, is selling the candy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Carson Mall. Candy also can be bought at the Lions trailer across from Costco.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada are raising funds to purchase sweatshirts for each of their enrolled members in Carson City and Carson Valley. Each year near the holidays, the Clubs provide warm winter clothing to members through sponsorships from community partners. The Clubs have raised more than $2,000 toward their goal of $8,000. Donors names are listed on the backs of the shirts. To donate, contact Nick Brancato, resource development director, 775-882-8820.

Canned and non-perishable food items are being collected for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet by Ginger Easley, RE/MAX Affiliates of Gardnerville REALTOR, at Julio’s Restaurant, 1328 U.S. Highway 395 N. Suite 303 in Gardnerville, Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30. Cash donations may be made anytime between now and Dec. 7 at All donors will be entered into a drawing for a prime rib dinner for six from Minden Meat & Deli.

Pets of the Homeless is seeking donations to help homeless and their pets. Donation sites in Carson City are at Genoa Candy and Coffee Co., 4600 Snyder Ave., Suite C; Doggie Days, 3309 N. Carson St., Suite 1; Salvation Army, 661 Colorado St.; Timberline Animal Hospital, 3309 N. Carson St.; Sierra Le Bone, 880 S. Stewart St.; Sierra Veterinary Hospital, 1477 N. Saliman Road; Sierra Financial Advisors, 3860 GS Richards Blvd.; Pampered Pets Plus, 2620 Concord Drive; Lone Mountain Veterinary Hospital, 780 E. College Parkway; Evergreen Gene’s, 1811 N. Carson St.; Carson Catalina Apartments, 700 Hot Springs Road; and Sierra Foot and Ankle, 2350 S. Carson St., Suite 3, or 1516 Virginia Ranch Road, Suite 1A, Gardnerville.

Friends To All is seeking donations for its annual Santa visits to seniors in Carson City that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17. Donations of cash, crossword puzzle books (large print, if possible), slipper socks, gloves, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs, lotions, lip balm, calendars, packaged small food items such as candy, cookies, or nuts, gift cards from grocery or gift stores, hair salons, barbershops, or restaurants that deliver — basically anything a senior may be able to use are appreciated. Cash donations are used to purchase gift cards for grocery stores to be given to seniors in need. Donations are 501(c) (3) tax deductible and check donations should be made payable to Friends To All, Inc. A receipt will be provided. Drop-off locations are at A+ Paralegals, Inc., 411 W. Third St., Suite 1; Coldwell Banker Select, 123 W. Second St.; Bradway Properties, 1000 N. Carson St. For drop off assistance or to submit the name of a senior who would like a Santa visit this year, call Gwen Pradere at 775-301-6747.

Save Mart stores will once again hold the annual Holiday Give. Share. CARE! Drive. At check-out, customers can tear off a coupon for $2-5 and hand it to the cashier. Coupons are added to each grocery bill, and the tax deductible contribution will be noted on the receipt. All donations go to the local food bank assigned to each store. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 27. Donors are encouraged to talk about the help they’re providing on social media by using the hash tag #SaveMartGiving.

Evergreen Gene’s, 1811 N. Carson St., is hosting a sock and glove tree for the Do Drop In Center through Jan. 3. It also is accepting various clothing items, toiletries, and non perishable food items. Donations benefit area homeless. Call Gene or Rowena at 775-882-1807.

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