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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:

To help boost donations to local food banks, the annual Holiday Give. Share. CARE! drive offers Save Mart and FoodMaxx customers the chance to donate $2 to $5 at checkout. The tax-deductible contributions will be noted on the receipt. All donations go to the local food bank assigned to each store. In Carson City, FoodMaxx is at 3325 Highway 50 E. Save Mart is at 4348 S. Carson St., and 3620 N. Carson St.

For the 23rd year, Douglas Disposal employees will be collecting nonperishable food Dec. 4-8. To help, place donations into plastic bags and place them beside trash cans during collection week. The food will be weighed and delivered to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Donations also can be delivered to Douglas Disposal, 1653 N. Lucerne St., Suite A, or the Douglass County Transfer Station, 902 Dump Road. For information, call 775-782-5713.

Walton’s Funerals and Cremations is collecting new and gently used coats, sweaters, scarves and gloves through today. 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. Additionally, Smith’s employees will ring in the season of giving on Friday with The Big Ring, a day of storewide employee volunteerism in support of the 127th annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The employees will take over the red kettles from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in support of The Salvation Army’s holiday fundraising campaign.

Families who need toys for Christmas can sign up to receive them through Dec. 22. The Toys for Tots hotline, 775-600-3861, operates 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.

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.

Toys For Tots and Ron Wood Family Resource Center drop-off locations include: 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.

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.

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