Home Instead Senior Care, through its “Be a Santa to a Senior” program, is collecting gifts for seniors who might otherwise spend Christmas alone. Ornaments with the names of seniors and their gift requests are available on Christmas trees at Walmart in Carson City and Gardnerville. Shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy the item, and return the unwrapped gift to the store, along with the ornament attached, by Dec. 14. Call 775-283-0333, or go to www.beasantatoasenior.com.
Food for Thought, 3246 N. Carson St., Suite 118, will hold a holiday open house and food drive from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Items sought include: microwavable soups; individual serving juice boxes; crackers with peanut butter or cheese; plastic fruit cups; plastic vegetables cups; individual cereal bowls; instant oatmeal; granola bars; pre-mixed tuna salad with crackers; and cans or cups of macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, Spaghetti O’s and Beefaroni. Call 775-885-7770.
Fighters Against Child Abuse seeks cash donations, coats, and toys for local families and children in emergency abuse shelters, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Donations can be dropped off at Bellissimo Gifts in the Carson Mall, or at Fighters Against Child Abuse’s official mentoring center at West Coast World Martial Arts, 1617 Buckeye Road in Minden. Donations can also be made at www.kochildabuse.com. Call 775-434-4087.
Step 2, a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program that helps women and children suffering from addiction, poverty and domestic violence, seeks donations of women and children’s winter clothing and shoes, microwave ovens, vacuums, bedding, towels, baby blankets, car seats, strollers, pillows, kitchenware, beds, dressers, alarm clocks and telephones for its annual “Step Up the Holidays” drive. Donations can be dropped off on Monday and Tuesday at Fitness For $10, 829 Fairview Drive, and Einstein Brothers, Tamarack Junction, Consign Furniture, Qdoba and Massage Envy in Reno. The pick-up of large furniture items can be arranged by calling 775-787-9411.
The Carson City Library is hosting a food drive to benefit the Ron Wood Family Resource Center through Nov. 27. Items must be non-perishable and not be expired. Glass containers are not permitted. Call 775-884-2269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations of socks and gloves for the Do Drop in Center can be left on the tree set up outside the front door of Evergreen Gene’s, at 1811 N. Carson St., through Dec. 20. Canned foods for the center can be left in the box next to the Christmas tree. Call 775-882-1807.
FISH seeks donations and volunteers to prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. The baskets provide meals for three days for each holiday. Call 775-882-3474 and ask for Tony. To sign up to receive a basket, bring an NV Energy bill to the FISH administrative office, 138 E. Long St., during business hours.
The “Be a Santa to a Veteran” project seeks Walmart gift cards in the amount of $10 enclosed in unsealed Christmas cards with messages to veterans in need. Cards can be dropped off at Charley’s Grilled Subs at the Carson Mall through Dec. 9.
Project Santa Claus seeks volunteers to sort and wrap presents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15-19 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building. To sponsor a child for Christmas, choose a tag — which includes child’s name, age, hobbies, clothes size, and wish list — from any angel tree in Douglas County and return wrapped gifts to the angel tree location by Dec. 16. Gifts purchased without an angel tree tag can be dropped off at the fairground on Dec. 15. Cash donations can be sent to: Project Santa Claus, PO Box 3031, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410. Call Gary Dove at 775-265-9443.
Save Mart Supermarkets seek cash donations to benefit food banks. Donations of $5, $10, $15 or $20 can be made through Jan. 3 at checkout counters at Save Mart.
Raley’s is holding its 27th annual holiday bag campaign to contribute food to local food banks. Donations can be made through Dec. 31 at checkout counters in all Raley’s or at www.foodforfamilies.org.
The Governor’s Mansion, 606 N. Mountain St., will host a Christmas food drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
The Toys for Tots hotline will be available for families requesting toys for Christmas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays from Dec. 2-23. Toys for Tots serves families in Carson, Douglas, Storey and Lyon counties. The number is 775-884-8697.
Carson City Holiday with a Hero seeks donations to help 200 elementary school students have a brighter holiday season. Checks need to be made payable to “Holiday with a Hero” and donations can be mailed to: PO Box 2790, Carson City, 89702; they can be taken to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 911 E. Musser St.; they can be made at Bank of the West at 2976 N. Carson St. under Account No. 025761072; the tax identification number is 80-0763632.
Submit your holiday help information by email to email@example.com, subject line: “Holiday Help,” or mail to Nevada Appeal, Holiday Help, 580 Mallory Way, Carson City, NV 89702.