Coldwell Banker, Minden Rotary donate gifts to China Spring |

Coldwell Banker, Minden Rotary donate gifts to China Spring

by Susie Vasquez

Coldwell Banker Itildo and the Minden Rotary Club have teamed up to provide Christmas gifts for those held at the China Spring Youth Camp south of Gardnerville, the money used for basics like school supplies, hats and gloves.

Aged 12 to 18, these kids are assigned to the Camp from the court system. They usually stay at the camp, which houses about 40 boys and 20 girls, from four to six months.

Most are minor offenders, said Steve Thaler, director of the camp.

“This is great for us around Christmas time, because it shows the kids they have the community’s support,” he said.

Each organization donates $750 to the cause, said Coldwell Banker Realtor John Hamer.

“Jim Madsen from the Rotary Club and Linda Hatfield, a commercial real estate agent, go shopping at about 5 a.m.,” Hamer said. “They shop at Wal-Mart and get a few things at Costco.

“It’s a challenge, but this is their second or third year,” he said. “They’ve got it down to a science.”

Anything given to the kids must be carefully monitored, to minimize the possibility of gang activity, Thaler said.

“We try not to let them have clothing or items with logos, because sometimes those logos are gang-related,” Thaler said.

School staples like calculators and rulers help out a lot and the girls seem to enjoy the teddy bears and slippers, Thaler said.

“Sometimes the parents can’t afford to send them gifts,” he said. “And sometimes they’re just too far away.”

— Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.