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Project Santa Claus seeking volunteers to wrap presents

by Sharlene Irete

No special skills are necessary to help provide a Merry Christmas to needy children in Douglas County. All that is required is a free hour or two and the ability to wrap or sort gifts. Payment is given in smiles.

It’s not too late to share Christmas spirit and to help Project Santa Claus provide gifts to children in the Valley. Gifts have been collected from the Angel Trees and volunteers are needed to wrap and sort them at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Project Santa Claus director Marilyn Malkmus said people can still take a child’s name from the Angel Trees around the Valley. The information on the card tells the age of a child and what they would like for Christmas.

“I want people to understand how much the families appreciate this. One Project Santa mother said that she signed up and her children got everything they asked for and more from people who didn’t even know her. What a wonderful feeling,” Malkmus said. “What an incredible community we live in. We’re fortunate that there are more givers than receivers. It’s awesome.”

Angel Trees are located in Minden at Taylor-York Salon, 1625 Highway 395 and in Gardnerville at Wells Fargo Bank, 1542 Highway 395; Raley’s Supermarket, 1363 Highway 395; R & T Cleaners, 1389 Lampe Drive; Crystal Kaleidoscope 1333 Highway 395; Scolari’s Supermarket, 1335 Highway 395; Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395; and Topaz Lodge, 1979 Highway 395.

“We start signing families up in October but they can still sign up until Friday, Dec. 16,” Malkmus said. “If angels are still left on the trees or if people sign up Friday, Project Santa has shoppers who take donated money and shop for the angels over the weekend.”

“It’s overwhelming to see the things that are happening. Project Santa is a beehive of Santa activity,” she said.

Wrapping, sorting, counting and bagging happens at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Pinenut Road, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

All materials are furnished. Everyone, with the exception of small children, is welcome to help.

For more information, call Malkmus at 782-4931.

What: Project Santa Claus

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds, Pinenut Road, Gardnerville

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 19 and 20

Info: Marilyn Malkmus at 782-4931