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Angel Trees sprout up around the Valley

by Rosemarie Middendorf

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go, and “Angel Trees” are beginning to pop up all around the Carson Valley.

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 the children in the Valley who may not otherwise experience a merry Christmas this year.

Each Angel on the trees will provide the first name, gender, size and age of the child and the request for a toy or item of clothing. Each child will have two Angels on a tree. We ask that by Dec. 15 you purchase the gift for the chosen Angel, wrap and return the gift, with the Angel tag attached and all information visible, to the store at which you chose the Angel. You may choose as many Angels are you like. 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 of Project Santa Claus, at 782-4931.

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

In Minden, Angel Trees are at Heidi’s Family Restaurant and at Uniformity in the Ironwood Center. In Gardnerville, you can choose an Angel from a tree at Carson Valley Pharmacy, Barry Chiropractic, Wells Fargo Bank, Raley’s Supermarket and Drug Center, Crystal Kaleidoscope, Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, Carson Valley Medical Center, Carson Valley Garden and Ranch Center and Gorman’s Rancho Market.

Donations of used clothing in good condition, for children and adults, are being requested. Collection bins are in place at Sunridge Model Homes, 971 Parkway Way Court, and Winhaven Sales Office, 1655 Lucerne, both in Minden, and in Gardnerville at Raley’s Supermarket and Drug Center, Carson Valley Medical Center and R&T Cleaners. Coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, boots, shoes, sweatshirts, scarves and gloves are needed.

Donations of good used bicycles, wagons, scooters and tricycles are also being sought by the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club during their annual “Wheel Collection.” Repairs, if needed, will be made by the youngsters at China Spring Youth Camp and Rite of Passage Training Center. The wheeled toys will then be presented to Project Santa Claus. Items may be taken to the Town of Gardnerville, 1369 Highway 395, or the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, 931 Mitch Drive, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For pickup, contact Willie Kersey at 265-6494 or Jerry Rasmussen at 265-9406.

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. Your help will be appreciated.

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