Coat drive is held for needy residents |

Coat drive is held for needy residents

Staff reports

Carson Valley residents have an opportunity to provide a magical Christmas for a special someone in need. Project Santa Claus is making convenient bins available in Carson Valley for people to dispose of new and used winter clothing (in good repair only). Coats, jackets, sweaters, boot, shoes, hats and gloves of all sizes, for children and adults, are requested.

Bins are being put in place at Sunridge Model Homes, 971 Parkway Court, Indian Hills: Winhaven Sales Office, 1655 Lucern, Minden; and Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395, and R & T Cleaners, 1389 Lampe Dr., both in Gardnerville, according to Nancy Deyo, clothing chairman.

Gardnerville Carson Valley Kiwanis Club is also suggesting people donate the bicycle, wagon, scooter or tricycle that is just sitting around in the way to the annual Wheel Collection. These items (no junk, please) will be cleaned up and repaired if necessary and donated to Project Santa Claus. Repairs are done by the young people at China Spring Youth Camp and Rite of Passage Training Center.

The Kiwanis Club has donated around 100 bicycles each Christmas. Items may be dropped off at Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District (GRGID), 931 Mitch Dr., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. If pickup is preferred, contact Willie Kersey, Wheel Collection chairman, at 265-6494.

“Angel Trees” are also available at businesses throughout the Valley. To provide a magical Christmas for a child, select an angel from a tree. After purchasing the gift, wrap and return the gift – with angel attached – to the store where you selected the angel. The gifts must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 17.

All clothing, wheeled items and angel gifts will be distributed to the qualified recipient families just before Christmas at the Douglas County Fairgrounds by a team of volunteers.

Monetary donations are gladly accepted and used to purchase gifts for any child in the program who is not sponsored through the variety of activities of Project Santa Claus. All contributions are tax-deductible.

For further information regarding Project Santa Claus, contact Marilyn Malkmus, director, at 782-4931.