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Angel Trees are available throughout the Valley

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Wouldn’t it be great to feel like an angel? You can be an angel and share the joy of Christmas by participating in the Project Santa Claus Angel Tree Program.

Later this month, “Angel Trees” will be displayed in several businesses in the area. Paper angels will appear on these trees, each having the first name, sex, age, size and gift suggestion of a toy or item of clothing for a child. We ask that you select an angel or angels of your choice, buy the suggested gift, wrap the gift, secure the angel on the front of the package and return to the tree location at which you selected the angel. All angels should be returned no later than Dec. 17.

People may let their own children help select the angel and gift so they too can share the joy of Christmas while learning to share.

Angel Trees will be available in Minden at Uniformity, 1758-D Highway 395; Taylor-York Salon, 1662 Highway 395; Western Title, 1626 Highway 395; and Heidi’s Family Restaurant, 1595 Highway 395.

In Gardnerville, Angel Trees will be located at Wells Fargo Bank, 1542 Highway 395; Carson Valley Pharmacy, 1532 Highway 395; Barry Chiropractic, 1528 Highway 395; Raley’s Supermarket and Drug Center, 1363 Highway 395; Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, 1335 Highway 395; Crystal Kaleidoscope, 1333 Highway 395; Carson Valley Garden and Ranch Supply, 1144 Highway 395; and Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395.

One may also donate winter coats, jackets, sweaters, boots, hats, scarves and gloves of all sizes for both children and adults (winter items in good condition only) at one of the bins distributed throughout the Carson Valley. Warm clothing helps make the holidays more enjoyable.

If you have a bicycle, tricycle, wagon or scooter just sitting around gathering dust, this, too, can be donated to the Kiwanis Clubs of Gardnerville/Minden’s annual Wheels Collection. The Kiwanis Club provides funds for the repair of the donated bicycles, which is done by the boys at China Spring Youth Camp and assisted by those at the Rite of Passage Training Center.

Donations may be dropped off at the Town of Gardnerville, 1369 Highway 395, or the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, 931 Mitch Drive, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For pick up, contact Willie Kersey, 265-6494, or Jerry Rasmussen, 265-9406. The wheeled toys will be donated to Project Santa Claus.

Project Santa Claus, operating since 1988, attempts to provide an item of new clothing and a new toy at Christmas for children or families who qualify through the Douglas County Social Services program.

Sponsoring may be done by individual, family, group, club, organization, church or businesses. Monetary donations are also accepted and used to provide gifts for those children not sponsored. Donations may be mailed to Project Santa Claus, P.O. Box 5351, Gardnerville 89410.

All gifts will be distributed to the recipient families from the Douglas County Fairgrounds a few days before Christmas by a team of dedicated volunteers. All contributions are tax deductible.

For information regarding the program, how to become a sponsor or other questions, contact Marilyn Malkmus, director, at 782-4931.