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Birdhouse benefit continues next week

by Joyce Hollister

The response to his birdhouse booth at the Douglas High School Christmas Fair was “unbelievable,” said Justin Thran, 15, who is selling a variety of handmade birdhouses this season to raise money for the Northern Nevada Food Bank.

He sold three times more than he did at last year’s craft fair and racked up $325 to donate to the bank. His booth at the Douglas High event was the kickoff to a two-week-long drive to raise funds.

Justin will sell his five different designs of birdhouses ranging in price from $2.50 to $25 at the following locations:

– Monday, Dec. 14, Scolari’s in Sparks, noon to 8 p.m.

– Tuesday, Dec. 15, Scolari’s in Gardnerville, 4 to 8 p.m.

– Wednesday, Dec. 16, Scolari’s in Carson City, 4 to 8 p.m.

– Thursday, Dec. 17, Scolari’s at the Southwest Pavilion, Reno, 4-8 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 18, at the Drive-by Food Drive at the Hilton in Reno, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Justin plans to write a check to the Northern Nevada Food bank sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday. The check presentation will be televised live by KTVN Channel 2, which is a sponsor of the food drive.

The 15-year-old Smith Valley teen has been building and selling birdhouses to raise funds for many different community programs since he was 11. He has donated $16,459 since the beginning, and so far this year has raised over $4,000.

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