Drive-by food drive Friday |

Drive-by food drive Friday

Volunteers take donations at last year's food drive as cars drive up to the north parking lot of Carson Valley Inn.
Caryn Haller |

The forecast calls for donations in Minden for Friday’s 23rd annual Share Your Christmas Drive-by Food Drive.

It actually calls for snow, but history shows there will also be lots of giving at the event sponsored by KTVN-TV and the Carson Valley Inn to benefit the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Food closet board member Mike Wiley said this is his fifth year, and the weather has been kind to the event in the past.

“It snowed one year right after we quit,” he said.

Volunteers will be helping unload food donations 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wiley said volunteers from the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pickel Meadows, the National Guard, Douglas County Sheriff’s and East Fork Fire cadets will be on hand. Volunteers will be asked to sign in this year.

While the big day is Friday, businesses all over the Valley are working to collect food.

Douglas Disposal is picking up food donations this week with their trash runs. Raley’s, which is a big donor, is selling grocery bags for the event.

If the weather cooperates, Care Flight will be delivering Santa Claus at 9:30 a.m. He will have a village, according to Food Closet Administrative Assistant Kate Savage thanks to donated furniture from Just Fabulous Repurposed Furniture, where photographer Megan Everett of Blank Slate Imagery will be taking pictures. Santa should be around until 2 p.m.

Sierra Canopy is donating a canopy and The Entertainer is donating a heater and lights.

Karen and Gil Goode will be feeding volunteers at lunchtime. Walmart is providing pastries, and the coffee is coming from Carson Valley Inn.

Last year’s event gathered 153,986 pounds of food and $48,287.60 in cash.