Project Santa Claus will put the sparkle into kids’ eyes this Christmas |

Project Santa Claus will put the sparkle into kids’ eyes this Christmas

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Do you enjoy seeing the “sparkle in a child’s eye”? We have just the way you can assist in putting that “sparkle in a child’s eye” – Project Santa Claus, which will once again provide new Christmas gifts for children of those families who qualify.

Project Santa Claus is a program of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. It matches the underprivileged children of Douglas County with a sponsoring person, family, club, group, church or business. Last year, gifts were provided for 869 children from 350 families.

About mid-November, Christmas trees displaying paper “angels” will begin to appear in the community. The child’s first name, age, gender, size, family number and a request for a gift of clothing or a toy will be on the angle tree. (Each child will have two angels on the tree.)

We ask that when you see one of these Angel Christmas Trees, you select an angel, purchase the requested gift, wrap it as a Christmas gift, attach the angel to the gift with all information visible. Then, take the gift back to the location at which you selected the angel. You may choose as many angels as you like. You become a sponsor for the child or children when you provide a gift.

The Kiwanis Club collects used tricycles, bicycles, scooters and wagons year-round. The group also provides funds for the vehicles to be refurbished by the young men at China Spring Youth Camp and Rite of Passage. Last year, about 100 bicycles were given out. If you have a bike or other wheeled vehicle you would like to donate, please contact Jerry Rasmussen at 265-9406 or Willie Kersey at 265-5494. It is not too early.

Used winter clothing, jackets, coats, boots, shoes, gloves and scarves, in good condition only, are requested for children and adults. Collection bins will be in various locations during the fall, and locations will be announced in The Record-Courier and on KGVM Radio.

All gifts and wheeled items will be distributed along with the clothing to families the week before Christmas at the Douglas County fair grounds by a team of dedicated volunteers.

All donations are tax-deductible. Cash donations are used to purchase gifts for any children that are unsponsored.

If you are interested in volunteering some time to Project Santa Claus or need further information, call Marilyn Malkmus, director, at 782-4931. No matter how you choose to assist in this program, you will enjoy a sparkle in your eye and that of a child unknown to you.

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