If your group or business is doing something to help the community during the holidays, e-mail the information to, subject line Holiday Help, to be included in this listing. For more ways you can help or receive help, go to

How to Help

• FISH Offers Coat Vouchers: Friends In Service Helping is partnering with Burlington Coat Factory and 35 co-sponsoring schools, churches, service clubs and businesses in collecting coats and distributing them by issuing FISH coat vouchers to any person needing a warm winter coat in Carson City or Lyon, Douglas and Storey counties. Donate lightly used coats at FISH locations at 138 E. Long St., Carson City; 1231 Service Dr., Gardnerville; or 10126A Hwy. 50 E., Mound House. For more information, call Jim Peckham, FISH executive director at 882 -3474.

• Advocates Holiday Adoption: Advocates to End Domestic Violence offers a Holiday Adoption for victims who have used their services. You can help by adopting someone for Christmas dinner and gifts. Call 883-7654.

• Decorations and Donations: Burl Dubose of 1660 Sonoma St. has brightened up the neighborhood with holiday decorations. People driving by to enjoy the display are encouraged to drop off food in the donation box in his yard which will go toward Carson City’s Food for Thought program.

• Toys for Tots Donations: Those interested in donating new toys for Toys for Tots should go to dropoff locations at Advance Custom Creations, Applebees, Bella Fiore Wines, Bully’s, Capitol City Loans, Carson City, Harley Davidson, Carson City Library, Carson High School, Carson Lanes Bowling , Carson City Toyota, Carson Valley Inn – Gardnerville, CC Meneley School – Gardnerville Ranchos, Chili’s , Chromalloy, City National Bank – College Parkway, Marriott Courtyard, Mike’s Pharmacy, Decades, Doctor Smash Designs, Doppelgangers, Fandango Casino, Gold Dust West, Gold’s Gym, Grocery Outlet, Hollywood Beauty Center, IHOP, Jacks Valley School, Jenny Craig, Les Schwab – South Carson, Les Schwab – North Carson, Marine’s Recruiting Office, NV State Railroad Museum, Pau-Wa-Lu School – Gardnerville Ranchos, Pick and Pull – Hwy 50 East, Raleys – Gardnerville, Red’s Old 395, Rite Aid – Gardnerville, Slot World, Timbers, Tumbleweeds Gymnastics – Minden, United Blood Services, UPS – Hwy 50, UPS South – Topsy Lane, Walmart North, Walmart South, Wells Fargo Financial.

• Toys for Tots HELP NEEDED: Joyce Buckingham, executive director of the Ron Wood Family Resource Center is in need of volunteers to help pack and drive. To help, call 884-2269.

• Homebound seniors: Carson City Raiders Booster Club members will be purchasing and delivering gifts to 15 homebound seniors in the community this Christmas. For more information about how you can help or to make a contribution, e-mail Ed Cabello at or call 246-4662.

• Jenny Craig: Jenny Craig is calling on Carson City to come together and help out those in need, and challenges other businesses to do the same. They are collecting pet food for “Pets of the homeless,” blankets and canned food items for the needy, winter coats, gloves, hats, and scarves for children in need. Those who want to help can come in and pick up a tag off the tree and buy an item for a family in the domestic violence shelter or for a senior they have adopted. Everyone who donates an item will receive a free 30-day Jenny Craig program just in time for January, a raffle ticket and more. Go to 444 E. William St., Ste. 14, or call for more information 884-0400.

• Friends to All: Santa and volunteers will visit seniors in their homes for a photograph and a gift. To make a monetary donation, make checks payable to Retired Senior Volunteer Program with a memo “Friends to All” and send it to Friends to All, c/o Fountainhead Associates, In., 312 W. Fourth St., Carson City, NV 89703. They can also use donations such as packaged food items, gift certificates, puzzle books, slipper socks, etc. For more information, call 884-0180 or 343-2402.

• FISH Needs Turkeys: Families are signing up with Friends In Service Helping for help with traditional Christmas dinners, said Jim Peckham, FISH’s executive director. They expect to help about 700 families for Christmas. Financial donations and turkeys can be delivered to FISH, 138 E. Long St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Ron Wood Family Resource Center: Cash and food donations are needed to help families throughout the holidays and beyond. Call 884-2269 for more information or go to the resource center at 212 E. Winnie Lane. Monetary donations also can be made to that address.

• Salvation Army: Food and monetary donations can be made to the Salvation Army, 661 Colorado St. For more information, call 887-9120.

• Burlington Coat Factory/FISH coat drive: A coat drive partnership is being conducted through the end of the year. Coats can be donated at Burlington Coat Factory, 4209 S. Carson St., or by calling FISH at 882-3474.

• Metal for Meals: Carson Cans Recycling Company is hosting a fundraiser in support of FISH. The following donations will be accepted: aluminum cans, scrap aluminum, copper, brass, electric motors, insulated copper wire and cable, radiators, car batteries, cell phones, plastic water bottles, lead weights and ammunition brass (restrictions apply). Tax receipts given upon request. Carson Cans is at 3030 Sunrise Dr., Carson City. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday. Call 885-2260.

• Red Kettle Campaign: The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign this week with bell ringers throughout the area. Call 887-9120.

• Angel Trees: The Salvation Army will have angel trees around town for those who want to help a child have a merry Christmas. Toys also can be dropped off at the Salvation Army office, 661 Colorado St. Call 887-9120.

• Online Angel Trees: JCPenney is partnering with the Salvation Army to offer online Angel Adoptions in order to be able to reach more children and seniors than ever before. Go to to adopt and shop for your online angel.

• Adopt a family: Any group that would like to adopt a family for Christmas in Dayton or the surrounding area can call 246-7550.

• Pets of the Homeless: Provide pet food or offer your business as a collection site for food for the Feeding Pets of the Homeless nonprofit by calling 841-7163. Those who want to help can also do so online at or by mailing a contribution to 2255 Waterford Place, Carson City, NV 89703.

• Seeliger Tree Pickup: The 2nd annual Seeliger Elementary School Christmas Tree Pickup Fundraiser is back by popular demand, and will begin Dec. 27 continuing through Jan. 3. Volunteers will pick Christmas trees up from your home (Carson City area only) and deliver it to a recycling facility where it will then be processed into mulch for ground cover. The mulch generated from the trees will be available to Carson City residents at no charge. Donations will help support the Seeliger Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Recommended donation is $5. Sign up or learn more by e-mailing the PTO at:

• Dayton Food Bank: Needed are meat, nonperishable food, and hygiene items: toilet paper, shampoo, diapers. Donation drop off: Dayton Community Center, 170 Pike St., Dayton, Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 246-7550.

• Coat Drive: Needed are clean coats, gloves/mittens, hats and scarves of all sizes, new or gently used. Organizers: Stand Tall youth leadership. Donation dropoff: Dayton Community Center, 170 Pike St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Call Laverne Jeffreys at 246-7550.

• Toy drive: Dayton-Silver City-Mound House-Mark Twain Toy Drive needs: Unwrapped gifts for children of all ages; tax deductible monetary donations. Organizers: Healthy Communities Coalition and Community Roots. Donation dropoffs: G.N.C.U., Caldwell Banker, Riverview, Dayton and Sutro Elementary Schools, Storall, Roadrunner, Pizza Factory, Utilities Bldg at 34 Lakes Blvd, 1st & 10 Restaurant, Terrible’s Casino, Dayton Post Office, Pioneer Crossing, and Sierra Joes or Dayton Community Center, 170 Pike St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Call Healthy Communities Coalition at 246-7550.

• Christmas Tree Sales benefit toy Drive: Organizers: Community Roots Nursery will hold a tree sale benefiting the toy drive at the Corner of U.S. 50 East and Second Avenue, Dayton.

• Santa for Seniors gift Drive: Gifts for senior citizens of Dayton to Silver Springs who would otherwise not have Christmas gifts. Contact Barbara Freet at 224-2259 to donate. For information, call organizers Linda and Jack Gordon at 721-3007.

• Kiwanis Need donations: Donations are for a shopping spree for children in need. Kiwanis also sponsor the Dayton Toy Drive breakfast held at 1st & 10 restaurant this year. They also fund a program called “Hope for Families,” a last chance housing option for families with children who are facing foreclosure. They can take referrals from social services, schools, etc. Contact Theresa Kenneston at 443-5245.

• DAyton Resource Bank: Dayton Task Force, part of Healthy Communities Coalition, manages the Resource Bank which accepts referrals by teachers, coaches, counselors, nurses, etc. for students who are in need of things such as lab fees for math, art, and culinary arts, gym uniforms, sports physicals, etc. They are constantly in fundraising mode and in need of more volunteers, fundraising opportunities and partners and monetary donations or donations of skills (for instance, hair cuts for students in need). The Resource Bank offers additional help to students during the holidays. One of the items on the regional Toy Drive form offers to substitute payment for an extracurricular fee for a student who would prefer that to other gifts. Contact Sara Ross at 246-7550.

• Hugs from Home: Holiday packages for local soldiers, needs: Cash donations to mail holiday care packages to troops deployed overseas. Cost: $11.95 per box or any amount you can afford to give. Information: Dorothy Wingard, 246-2499.

• Sutro Elementary School Penny Drive: Needs pennies, which will be donated to the Kiwanis of Dayton Township. Drop off at the Sutro Elementary School office at 190 Dayton Village Pkwy., during school hours. Call 246-6270.

• Food for Fines: Your library fine will be erased when you bring the book(s) back and donate canned food to the library’s food drive for the Dayton Food Bank. Organizers: Dayton Branch Library. Donation dropoff: 321 Old Dayton Valley Road, Dayton. Call 246-6212.

• Curves Food & Coat Drive: Dayton Curves is collecting food and coats to help supply the Dayton Food Bank and warm coats for people without. Dropoff at Curves in the Riverview Center on Douglas Street, Dayton.

• School Food Bank Drives: Area schools are holding drives for jelly, canned soups, hygiene items, mac and cheese, etc. to benefit the local food bank.

• Dayton Valley Elves: Jack and Linda GordonThe couple are spearheading a new community project under the name Dayton Valley Elves, in cooperation with other individuals and groups such as Dayton Senior Center which has the “Santa for Seniors” project of collecting gifts for seniors in the Dayton to Silver Springs areas who would not otherwise have Christmas gifts. The group is also seeking donations for space heaters and firewood for seniors in need. Contact the couple at 721-3007 or call Barbara Fleet at 224-2259 for more information.

Where to go for help

• Christmas with the Carson Nugget: The Carson Nugget will provide its annual free Christmas dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 25 in the casino’s coffee shop. A turkey meal with all the trimmings will be served. Call 882-1626.

• FISH Offers Coat Vouchers: Friends In Service Helping is partnering with Burlington Coat Factory and 35 co-sponsoring schools, churches, service clubs and businesses in collecting coats and distributing them by issuing FISH coat vouchers to any person needing a warm winter coat in Carson City or Lyon, Douglas and Storey counties. Redeem vouchers at FISH locations at 138 E. Long St., Carson City; 1231 Service Dr., Gardnerville; or 10126A Hwy. 50 E., Mound House. For more information, call Jim Peckham, FISH executive director at 882 -3474.

• Dayton Food Bank: Jack and Linda Gorden will be putting in extra hours distributing meat and bread for those in need from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Dayton Food Bank, 170 Pike St. For more information, call 246-7550.

• Advocates to End Domestic Violence: The group provides food and referral services as well as 5,000 nights of shelter annually to victims of domestic violence. Call 883-7654 for more information.

• Friends to All: If you know a senior citizen who could benefit by a visit from Santa and a holiday gift, call Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 884-0180 or 343-2402.

• Friends In Service Helping: FISH is the largest human services resource in the tri-county area, offering a daily free hot meal, a food pantry, free medical and pharmaceutical care, clothing, showers, help with power bills and a homeless shelter.

• Ron Wood Family Resource Center: The resource center at 212 E. Winnie Lane provides emergency food to help people make ends meet as well as many other services. To learn more call 884-2269.

• Salvation Army: The Salvation Army provides wholesome programming, a food pantry and assistance with natural gas bills, as well as a youth program for ages 4-18 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, followed by a family meal. Call 887-9120.