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Project Santa Claus, Kiwanis Club seeks toys, wheels and cash

by Rosemarie Middendorf

There are many ways to spread the “Joy of Christmas.” One way you might give serious thought to in sharing this joy is donating winter clothing items that you may have and not be using.

Project Santa Claus is making bins available in Carson Valley for your convenience in disposing of new and usable winter clothing. Winter items in good repair, such as coats, jackets, sweaters, boots, hats, scarves and gloves of all sizes, for children and adults, are requested.

According to Nancy Deyo, clothing chairman, bins are available through Dec. 10 at Sunridge Model Homes, 971 Parkview Court, Indian Hills; Winhaven Sales Office, 1655 Lucerne, Minden; and Raley’s Supermarkets and Drug Centers, Highway 395, R & T Cleaners, 1389 Lampe Dr. and Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395, all in Gardnerville.

The Gardnerville/Minden Carson Valley Kiwanis Club is also suggesting you donate to the annual Wheel Collection the bicycle, wagon, scooter or tricycle that is just sitting around in your way. These items in good condition will be cleaned up and repaired, if necessary, and donated to Project Santa Claus. Repairs are done by the youngsters at China Springs Youth Camp and Rite of Passage Training Center. The Kiwanis Club has consistently donated 100 bicycles each Christmas.

Items may be dropped off at the Town of Gardnerville, 1369 Highway 395 (place them near the blue trash cans) and Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, 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, or Jerry Rasmussen at 265-9406.

Project Santa Claus, in operation since 1988, attempts to provide an item of clothing and a new toy for all children of families who qualify through the Douglas County Social Services.

For information regarding this program, contact Marilyn Malkmus, director, 782-4931.