Holiday Help: How to make a difference this holiday season |

Holiday Help: How to make a difference this holiday season


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The chance to make the holidays brighter for those in need is being offered thanks to the following businesses, nonprofits and organizations:

Evergreen Gene’s, 1811 N. Carson St., is collecting donations for the Do Drop In center through Jan. 7. Anything for the homeless including, gloves, socks, scarves, nonperishable foods, coats and toiletries are welcome. The garden center has been a supporter of the Do Drop In center for eight years to help improve the lives of local homeless. Call Gene or Rowena at 8775-82-1807 for information.

Walton’s Funerals and Cremations is collecting new and gently used coats, sweaters, scarves and gloves through November. Donations will be gathered and delivered to Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet in Reno, which provides clothing and personal care items to those who can’t afford them. New or gently used sweaters, jackets, scarves and gloves can be dropped off at any Walton’s location in the region. Local sites include: Walton’s Funerals and Cremations, 1521 Church St., Gardnerville; and Walton’s Funerals and Cremations, Chapel of the Valley, 1281 North Roop St., Carson City. Go to

Smith’s Food and Drug is again offering customers a convenient way to help others with its Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive. Through Dec. 31, customers can add a $1, $5 or $10 donation to their grocery orders. All contributions will be converted into Smith’s gift cards for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The drive ties into Smith’s newly launched Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, an effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

Families who need toys for Christmas can sign up to receive them starting on Nov. 27 through Dec. 22. The Toys for Tots hotline, 775-600-3861, will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Spanish speakers can call 775-600-3428. For information, call Joyce Buckingham at 775-884-2269.

The local Salvation Army is expecting to help more than 3,000 low-income people this holiday season with Angel Tree toys for kids, food baskets for families, utility and rental assistance and other dire needs for those in need. For information, call 775-887-9120.

Now through Dec. 15, Carson City Hyundai is donating $50 for new and $20 per used vehicle sold to two programs: The Angel Tree program and Food For Thought. Food For Thought provides food for kids who are less fortunate and don’t have food over the weekend.

Michael Hohl Motor Company, 3700 S. Carson St.; Michael Hohl Subaru, 2910 S. Carson St.; Michael Hohl Honda, 2800 S. Carson St.; Michael Hohl RV Center, 4500 N Carson St.; Michael Hohl RV Service Center, 4455 S. Carson St.; Battle Born Harley-Davidson, 2900 Research Way, and Farmers Insurance District Office, 425 East Long St., are all Toys For Tots and Ron Wood Family Resource Center drop-off locations.

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