Big take shows Valley’s heart |

Big take shows Valley’s heart

On Friday, the annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden collected nearly 177,000 pounds of food and more than $50,000.

That’s better than last year, but the real comparison is with the two larger communities to the north.

According to the KTVN-TV website, Reno collected 69,035 pounds of food. Carson City brought in 67,000 pounds. Between the two of them there are roughly 300,000 people.

The population of East Fork Township, which is served by the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, is around 41,000 people.

That means that Friday’s drive collected more than four pounds of food for every man, woman and child living in the township.

We know that there will always be people who don’t have enough to eat. But we also know that if any community in Western Nevada has the heart to at least try to feed the hungry we’re living there.

There will be other metrics of what has been done by Carson Valley residents to help those in need.

This week volunteers helped wrap presents gathered for Project Santa Claus, which will be distributed in such a way as to preserve the cherished myth.

We’ve seen online collections hit their marks and more over the last two months, a tribute to our willingness to help those in need.

Douglas County residents like to pitch in, and we’re grateful for that.