Carson City Friends to All looking for donations, volunteers to help with Santa visits to homebound seniors | NevadaAppeal.com

Carson City Friends to All looking for donations, volunteers to help with Santa visits to homebound seniors

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Volunteers dressed as Santa and his helpers make their way to 150-200 homebound seniors each year delivering gifts and holiday cheer.

A local nonprofit is making sure homebound seniors in Carson City make it on Santa's "nice" list this year.

Friends to All is looking for donations and volunteers to make Santa visits to homebound seniors this holiday season.

The holidays are often lonely times for seniors with little family or friends nearby. The mission of the visit is to bring joy to those who are alone far too much.

Since 1999 the group has been working to meet the needs of those with limited financial resources who are homebound or in care centers with little or no family nearby. Each year 150-200 visits are averaged in the Carson City area.

Volunteers are grouped into teams dressed as Santa Claus and Santa Helpers making stops at the homes of senior citizens in the community delivering a wonderful visit and small gifts donated by individuals and businesses.

The joy on the faces of those who receive a visit when they open their door and see Santa Claus bringing a gift and having their photo taken with the jolly fellow is a meaningful experience.

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Friends to All is seeking names and addresses of seniors who would enjoy a Santa visit this year. If you know of a neighbor or family member who would appreciate a visit during the holidays, let the group know by calling Gwen Pradere at 775-301-6747.

The event is made possible through donations from local businesses and members of the community.

Donations of cash, crossword puzzle books (large print, if possible), slipper socks, gloves, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs, lotions, lip balm, calendars, packaged small food items such as candy, cookies, or nuts, gift cards from grocery or gift stores, hair salons, barbershops, or restaurants that deliver — basically anything that a senior may be able to use are appreciated. Cash donations are used to purchase gift cards for grocery stores to be given to seniors in need. Donations are 501(c) (3) tax deductible and check donations should be made payable to Friends To All, Inc. A receipt will be provided.

To refer a senior for a visit or to make a donation, call Gwen Pradere at 775-301-6747. This year's visits will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Drop off locations are A+ Paralegals, Inc., 411 W. Third St., Suite 1; Coldwell Banker Select, 123 W. Second St.; and Bradway Properties,1000 N. Carson St.

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