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Angel Trees appearing

Rosemarie Middendorf

Just like magic, “Angel Trees” are beginning to appear within the Carson Valley. You may select one or more angels from a tree and purchase the requested gift to provide a magical Christmas for that child.

Project Santa Claus, under the auspices of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, arranges for businesses to display Angel Trees so everyone may share with needy children in the Valley.

Each angel selected will provide the first name, gender, size and age of the child and the request for a toy or item of clothing. We ask that you purchase the gift for the chosen angel, wrap and return the gift by Dec. 17, with the angel tag attached, to the store at which you chose the angel. This is known as sponsoring an angel.

Individuals, groups, businesses or clubs wishing to sponsor a family or a group of angels are asked to contact Marilyn Malkmus, director, Project Santa Claus, at 782-4931.

The gifts will be gathered and distributed to the recipient families just before Christmas at the Douglas County fairgrounds by a team of dedicated volunteers. All contributions are tax deductible.

Location of angel trees are: Western Title Co., 1626 Highway 395 and Heidi’s Family Restaurant, 1595 Highway 395, both in Minden; Carson Valley Pharmacy, 1532 Highway 395, Wells Fargo Bank, 1542 Highway 395, Barry Chiropractic, 1528 Highway 395, Raley’s Supermarket and Drug Center, 1363 Highway 395, Crystal Kaleidoscope, 1333 Highway 395, Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, 1335 Highway 395, PayLess Drug Store, 1329 Highway 395, Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395 and Gorman’s Rancho Market, 1281 Kimmerling Road, all in Gardnerville.

Collection bins are also in place at Sunridge Model Homes, 971 Parkway Way Court, Indian Hills; Winhaven Sales Office, 1655 Lucerne, Minden; Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395, R and T Cleaners, 1389 Lampe Dr., and Raley’s, all in Gardnerville, to accept your donations of good condition only winter clothing. Coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, boots, shoes and gloves for children and adults are requested.

Donations of bicycles, wagons, scooters and tricycles are also being accepted (no junk, please) by the Gardnerville Carson Valley Kiwanis club during their annual “Wheel Collection.” Repairs, if needed, are made by the young people at China Spring Youth Camp and Rite of Passage Training Center, and the vehicles are presented to Project Santa Claus. Items may be taken to Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District (GRGID), 931 Mitch Dr., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through friday. For pickup, contact Willie Kersey at 265-6494.

All recipient families are interviewed and approved by the staff of the Douglas County Social Services department.

Project Santa Claus is operated solely by volunteers. For further information regarding Project Santa Claus, contact Malkmus at 782-4931.