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Ways to help this season

Appeal Staff Report

The Carson City School District is looking for more coats for students in need this year.

For the first time, said Jeannette Famoso, director of the district’s Kids In Transition program, she’s not been able to provide coats for every student who needed one.

Donations can be delivered to the Professional Development Center at 604 W. Musser (the Gleason Complex) from 12-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Coats are also being collected at Capitol City Loans, 5951 Highway 50 East.

For more information or to share ideas, call Famoso at 283-1526.

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

Here is a list of ways to help or receive help this holiday season:

• FISH Needs Turkeys: Families are signing up with Friends In Service Helping for help with traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, said Jim Peckham, FISH’s executive director. They expect to help about 500 families for Thanksgiving and about 700 for Christmas. With these record-setting requests, FISH is still in need of donations, particularly turkeys. 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.

• 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 Frinds 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.  Even a small donation goes a long way to brighten someone’s day. For more information, call 884-0180 or 343-2402.

• Turkey Emergency: A Turkey Emergency Call to Action has been issued by the Ron Wood Family Resource Center. Although Wednesday’s Turkey Roundup brought in more than 300 turkeys, the resource center is more than 100 turkeys short of its goal of assisting those in need for Thanksgiving. The center’s executive director Joyce Buckingham is asking anyone who can help to drop off a turkey by Tuesday at their office at 212 W. Winnie Lane. Cash and food donations are also needed. For more information, call 884-2269.

• Christmas with a Cop: Carson City Sheriff’s Office is in need of donations to brighten the holidays for area youngsters. Send checks made payable to Carson City Sheriff’s Office and annotated in the memo line “Christmas with a Cop.” Mail to or drop off at 911 E. MUsser St., 89702. For more information, call Detective Dena Lacy at 887-2020 ext. 41405 or Detective Daniel Gonzales at ext. 41407.

• Shop With a Sheriff: Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating its second annual Shop With a Sheriff Dec. 12 at the Fernley Walmart. Monetary donations will go to provide children from needy families with Christmas gifts. To donate or sponsor a child for $100, call Deputy Julie Redmond at 246-6200 or 577-5023.

• Turkey Trot: Help raise funds for the Pinkerton Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker Ballet by participating in Fleet Feet’s Turkey Trot at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 3246 N. Carson St. for a 1-mile children’s race. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Registration is $30 in advance, $35 the day of the race. Children are $15 in advance or $20 on race day. For more information, go to http://www.downtowncarsoncity.com or call 883-3361.

• Shop and Decoration Party: Twenty-five percent of all sales at Evergreen Gene’s, 1811 N. Carson St., starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 will benefit Relay for Life. For more information, call 882-1807 or530-0946.

• Share Your Christmas: Food Bank and KTVN Channel 2 with Advocates to End Domestic Violence host a food drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Governor’s Mansion, 606 Mountain St. Canned goods, dry goods, paper products, diapers, detergents and more will be accepted. Call 883-7654 for more information.

• 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 for more information.

• Friends In Service Helping: Cash and food donations are needed to help families throughout the holidays and beyond. Call 882-3474 for more information or go to 138 E. Long St. Monetary donations also can be made to that address.

• 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.

• Toys for Tots Hot line: Those interesting in donating new toys can call the Toys for Tots hot line headquarters at the Ron Wood Family Resource Center from Nov. 30 through Dec. 18 at 884-8697.

• Toys For Tots Motorcycle Rally: Northern Nevada Boozefighters will hold a motorcycle rally at 3 p.m. Saturday starting at Red’s Old 395 Grill, 1055 S. Carson St. Donations of new, unwrapped toys or donations will be collected for needy children throughout the area. Any street-legal motorcycle, car or truck is welcome.

For more information, call 315-8537.

• 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. For more information, call 885-2260.

• Canned Food Drive: Carson City Latino youth groups are sponsoring a canned food drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3579 U.S. 50 East, Suite G in front of the Goodwill store. The event will help feed families in the community. The event is sponsored by Cardinal Tax Service and the Latino Parent Association. For more information, call 379-2506.

• Red Kettle Campaign: The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign this week with bell ringers throughout the area. For more information, 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 can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army office, 661 Colorado St. J.C. Penney Co. is partnering with the Salvation Army at its onlineFor more information, call 887-9120.

• Online Angel Trees: J.C. Penny 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 http://angel.jcpenney.com/search.aspx to adopt and shop for your online angel.

• Turkey Drive and Coat Drive: Turkeys and coats are needed in Dayton and Silver Springs for the Stand Tall youth leadership teams drives. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Dayton Community Center, 170 Pike St. Monetary donations are also needed, and are tax deductible. Contact Lavurne Jeffreys for more information at 246-7550.

• Toys and Gifts: A toy drive for the Silver City, Mound House, Dayton and Mark Twain areas is organized by Community Roots and the Healthy Communities Coalition this year. It grew last year to more than 300 children. Don’t forget teens need gifts, too. To help, call 246-7550.

• 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 http://www.petsofhomeless.org or by mailing a contribution to 2255 Waterford Place, Carson City, NV 89703.

• Great Teddy Bear Roundup: Motel 6 is collecting new small- to medium-sized teddy bears through Dec. 11 to offer comfort to children in need during the holidays. The bears will be donated locally to law enforcement agencies, fire departments or hospitals. Call 885-7710.

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

• Advocates to End Domestic Violence: The group provides food and referral services as well as 5,000 nighs 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.

• Dayton Food Bank: Turkey with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving will be distributed Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Dayton Food Bank, and either turkey or ham with all the trimmings will be distributed for Christmas on Dec. 17. For more information, call 246-7550.

• Thanksgiving with the Carson Nugget: The Carson Nugget will provide its annual free Thanksgiving meals with turkey and all the trimmings, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 at the banquet area upstairs. Call 882-1626.

• 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 about the resources offered, 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. For more information, call 887-9120.