Area events need community’s help

Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America and Wishing Tree seek donations for Christmas programs

Toys for Tots began its 2021 drive in October, and a golf tournament is planned for this Saturday.

Toys for Tots began its 2021 drive in October, and a golf tournament is planned for this Saturday.
Photo by Steve Ranson.

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Toys for Tots began its 2021 drive in October, and a golf tournament is planned for this Saturday.
Wreaths
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Wreaths across America is accepting donations for both Fernley and Fallon.
Wishing Tree
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The Wishing Tree program helps the less fortunate with toys and clothes.

Area events are struggling this autumn with donations, and they seek the community’s support.
Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America and Wishing Tree said donations are slowly coming in to support their respective endeavors.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps reserves and retirees are gathering both gifts and monetary donations for the annual Toys for Tots.
The Fallon organization launched its Toys for Tots program in Fallon in early October. According to Orville “Junior” Wempner, the area coordinator, toy boxes will be displayed at a number of local businesses and also at the Navy Exchange at Naval Air Station Fallon. He said once an order comes in and is filled, the Marines will have the family pick up the toys.
The first Fallon Toys for Tots Golf Tournament is Saturday and only a few spots remain.
“A sponsorship will assist our toy drive by purchasing big toy requests and get your name out to the community and our banner displayed at the golf course,” said Paul “Pip” Valentin, spokesman for the Marine Corps League, High Desert Detachment.
Valentin said the Toys for Tots program knows the challenges local businesses had during the pandemic.
“We are requesting a little assistance to provide every request for toys with 100% fulfillment,” he added.
For information on the golf tournament, call Valentin at 407-319-6908.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and to distribute those toys to the less fortunate children in the communities the campaign is being conducted.
The Marines and their volunteers will also collect toys for distribution for children in Fernley, Silver Springs, Gabbs and Lovelock. The Carson City Marine Corps reservists collect and distribute toys in western Nevada. Wempner said families will be notified for the toy distribution. The headquarters for the toys is V Titans on South Maine Street.
Wempner said Toys for Tots trucks will be stationed at Walmart on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. collecting toys. To bring more awareness for program, Wempner said the second annual Convoy of Lights will roll through Fallon along Taylor and Maine streets on Dec. 4, the day after the annual tree lighting. The High Desert Grange and V Titans will also be involved with the Convoy of Lights.
For information contact Wempner at 775-666-5211.


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Wreaths across America is accepting donations for both Fernley and Fallon.

 
Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America, one of the largest veterans events in Northern Nevada, will be conducted nationwide Dec. 18. Locally, the event draws thousands of friends and family members who place wreaths at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, hundreds more at city or regional cemeteries.
Tom Droughon has been involved with the project for years. He said the Nevada Veterans Coalition seeks donations to buy wreaths for more than 8,500 veterans who are interred at the cemetery. At the Fallon cemetery, more than 1,300 wreaths are needed for veterans’ graves.
Droughon said the wreath ceremony at the NNVMC begins at the same time as other remembrances across the nation and around the world at American cemeteries. The 9 a.m. time in Fernley coincides with the noon start at the Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. He said a narrator reads the same prepared speech.
Once the narrator finishes the speech and a ceremony honoring the services and veterans concludes, then the guests place wreaths at each veteran’s headstone or along the columbarium.
During previous ceremonies, Naval Air Station Fallon, the Nevada National Guard, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Civil Air Patrol have assisted the coalition during the 30-minute ceremony and with the placement of wreaths.
To order a wreath for the NNVMC event, go to nnvc.org and click on Wreaths Across America for the pdf form, or mail your donation to the following: Nevada Veterans Coalition; P.O. Box 415; Fernley, NV 89408.
The Fallon remembrance is also short of wreaths, said organizer Lisa Devall.
By staggering the time to noon, Devall said guests and volunteers can also attend the Fernley remembrance. She said Fallon’s event will be conducted between the two white buildings located at the northern end of the Churchill County Cemetery.
Devall said sponsorship levels are individual or $15 for one wreath; family, four wreaths, $60; small business, 10 wreaths, $150; and corporate, 100 wreaths for $1,500.
To order, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.com. The group ID is NV0063, and the location ID is NVCHCC. Devall said the group and location IDs must be entered so the wreaths are earmarked for Fallon.

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The Wishing Tree program helps the less fortunate with toys and clothes.

 
Wishing Tree
Last year, Wishing Tree was short of gifts for the area’s children.
The community performed its own miracle, though, by finding a way to ensure 108 children received its. Organizer Dawn Ballard said she was panicking, but the people and city of Fallon came through.
Another year and another miracle may be needed to receive toys or money to make this year’s Christmas a memorable occasion.
Days before the 2020 annual distribution, Dawn Ballard of CC Communications said the Fallon community came through and ensured all 108 children received gifts. Ballard and the other Santa’s helpers were ecstatic.
“Three weeks ago, we were short, and I was panicking,” she said afterward. “The city made a large donation which was really helpful.”
Ballard said CC Communications Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association (ITPA) and Churchill County Social Services work together each year, and with cash donations, she said volunteers buy toys and clothes.
To contact Ballard, call 775-217-8773.
Send monetary donations to ITPA, P.O. Box 1390, Fallon, NV 89407.

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