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Holiday programs need help

Photo Dawn Ballard, Wishing Tree coordinator, carries a bag of toys during last year’s event.
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The CC Communication Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association and the Churchill County Social Services join forces every year to request the community’s support and help for the holiday season.

Dawn Ballard, Wishing Tree coordinator, said in a letter to the community, the program helps eligible and less fortunate families with their gift giving. Wishing Tree helped 125 children in 2019, and once the parents picked up the items, she said parents or the guardians then had the opportunity to personalize the gifts by wrapping them. During last year’s Wishing Tree, Ballard said residents donated jackets and blankets, the Hearts O’ Gold quitters made quilts for the children and realtors gathered toys, jackets, gloves and scarves.

If you would like to donate a monetary amount to Wishing Tree,  please make checks out to ITPA and send to the address below.

Dawn Ballard                                                          

CC Communications ITPA                       

PO Box 1390                                                           

Fallon, Nevada 89407                                          


Toys for Tots

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Marine retirees have begun gathering gifts for the area’s children.

The  Marine Corps League Toys For Tots in Fallon has set up toy boxes around the region to provide toys for needy children and will park its truck in front of Walmart on Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday for the rest of November and most of December

Orville “Junior” Wempner said local Marines gather toys for distribution and wrapping for Fallon, and once those orders are fulfilled, he added the program will focus on the outlying areas such as Fernley,  Silver Springs and Lovelock.

Storage for this year’s toys collection will be at V Titans on North Maine Street and the distribution will be handled differently because of COVID-19. Once an order is filled, Wempner he said arrangements will be made to distribute the toys to the requesting family.

For information contact Wempner at 775-666-5211.

First responders

The first responders of Churchill County are having their Holiday Food Competition on Dec. 6 from11 6 p.m. in front of the Fallon Walmart.

During this competition, people are encouraged any food item to the agency of your choice. The agency that receives the most food in weight wins.

The participating agencies are the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, the Fallon Police Department, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Police, Fallon Churchill Volunteer Fire Department and the Banner Churchill Community Hospital EMS.

American Legion Thanksgiving

Fallon’s American Legion Post 16 will deliver meals to Churchill County seniors on Thanksgiving.

The William N. Pennington Life Center takes the holiday off, so the American Legion, community volunteers and active-duty and retired military fill the void. Volunteers are requested to arrive at the Fallon hall at 90 N. Ada St., between 8-8:30 a.m.

Post 16 will also serve a free community Thanksgiving dinner to the public beginning at 11 a.m.

‘Give Blood Today’ blood drive

Banner Churchill Community Hospital along with Vitalant will be hosting their blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Banner Churchill Community Hospital Tahoe Room. Please use the outside entrance on the North side of the building. To schedule an appointment log on to click “Donate Blood” use sponsor code; FALLON or call 775-867-7006. Find the hero in you.

Donation Drive

Sierra Nevada Properties has announced a donation drive, benefitting two Fallon non-profit organizations.

The locally owned and operated real estate brokerage annually supports Wishing Tree Fallon and Churchill Animal Protection Society (CAPS) during the holiday season. This year, with the health and safety of community members in mind, Sierra Nevada Properties Fallon is providing online donation options for each organization.

Wishing Tree Fallon seeks to help Churchill County youth in need. All donations will assist in acquiring toys, clothes and other essentials for children from 0-17 years old. Donations must be received before Friday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Donations can be made through the GoFundMe account at or by searching Wishing Tree Fallon on the platform.

CAPS Fallon is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that has been helping dogs and cats in Churchill County for over 30 years. All donations go directly to CAPS and will assist in supporting the shelter. Sierra Nevada Properties encourages those wanting to donate to do so directly through the organizations Facebook page or website,

Sierra Nevada Properties has been locally owned and operated since opening their doors in August of 1979. With more than 100 agents and 4 regional offices, Sierra Nevada Properties is dedicated to providing customers with the best service while helping them discover their dream home. To learn more about Sierra Nevada Properties visit, or call 775-689-8228.