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The holiday season is one of giving and receiving

Feather Publishing
12/1/2011

Below are the Plumas County programs offering help to families and ways donors can provide their neighbors with some holiday cheer.

COUNTYWIDE

Far Northern Regional Center’s Holidays are for Caring

The program provides gifts to selected individuals with developmental disabilities who may not receive any gifts.

In addition to cash donations to buy, wrap and deliver gifts, the organization has a fundraising quilt drawing.

For more information, to donate or purchase a drawing ticket, contact Kay Cullis at 221-9524 or kcullis@farthernornrc.org.

Plumas County Sheriff’s Needy Children’s Christmas

This Sheriff’s Employees’ Association’s program provides toys, food and coats for children and families. In addition, the association supports children’s programs, such as Little League, Boys State, dance team, swim team, football and basketball year-round.

Drop off food and new, unwrapped toys at any of the following locations:

Main office, 1400 E. Main St., Quincy; Portola Substation, 324 S. Gulling; Greenville Substation, Highway 89; Chester Substation, First and Willow.

Evergreen Market, Highway 89, Greenville.

Village Drug, Main Street at Highway 89.

Rite Aid (angel tree), 40 E. Main St., Quincy.

Indian Valley Resource Center, 430 Main St., Greenville.

Cash or check donations are also welcome.

To sign up for toys and clothing or to submit the name of a child or family in need, contact the sheriff’s office on East Main in Quincy or via the community substations.

For more information, call Becky Grant at 283-6375.

CHESTER

Almanor Basin Community Resource Center

The center has reached its capacity at 50 holiday food baskets. There is a specific need for cash donations, as well as nonperishable foods such as canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing and potatoes.

Deliver food or cash donations to 372 Main St. For more information, contact Linda at 258-4280.

 

Elks Lodge 2626 Christmas Angel Project

This program provides for families in Chester, Westwood and Greenville. The Elks are accepting nonperishable and canned food through Dec. 10 at David Price Jewelers, 216 Main St.

Mail checks, no cash, payable to Elks No. 2626, to 3760 Woodlake Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137.

For more information, contact Kay Alcorn at 596-3153.

Lake Almanor Elks also have a Teen Angel program, providing teens with gift certificates for bowling, pizza, haircuts, etc.

To donate, contact Barbara Hanes, 596-3588, by Dec. 17.

 

Helping Hands Food Pantry

The pantry needs nonperishable food and cash donations. Deliver donations to the pantry at the back of the Wesleyan Church on the corner of Melissa and Gay streets. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 – 3 p.m. year-round, hours will change during the holiday season. Contact Dorothy Morse at 596-3441.

For the Wesleyan Coat and Boot Giveaway, contact the church at 258-2359 to drop off or pick up coats and boots.

 

GREENVILLE

Angel trees

Christmas trees are going up at Indian Valley businesses and organizations. They are decorated with paper angels, on which children and their parents have provided information about needy children: age, gender, sizes, favorite color and Christmas wishes. Return unwrapped gifts to the address indicated on the back of the angel with the angel attached no later than Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The program is in association with the Sheriff’s Employees’ Association program. Distribution is scheduled for Dec. 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Greenville substation.

For help, submit applications to the Indian Valley Community Center Family Resources office by 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

To donate or for more information, call Tami Williamson at 284-1560.

 

Free coats

The Indian Valley Volunteers Association Thrift Shop on Main Street offers free coats. Call 284-7949 for details.

 

Household needs

The United Methodist Thrift Shop on Pine Street helps with clothing and household needs. Contact Elsie Wesley, 284-1750, or email mrscgwesley@hotmail.com.

 

Indian Valley Food Pantry

To help, contact Pastor Fred Kerr, fredkerr@frontiernet.net.

 

Community Assistance Network (CAN)

For a holiday food basket, call 284-7522 to sign up.

 

QUINCY

Community Assistance Network (CAN)

Sign up for food baskets in Quincy, Meadow Valley, Cromberg and the Feather River Canyon through CAN at the sheriff’s office in Quincy or at Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, 591 Main St. Distribution is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22 and 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at CAN, 176 Lawrence St.

To donate food, look for boxes at Quincy businesses, including Feather Publishing. For more information, call CAN at 283-0262.

 

Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center

PCIRC has coats for all ages, simply go to the center at 591 W. Main St. in Quincy Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and choose a coat.

Plumas Bank and Bank of America in downtown Quincy, as well as the center itself, are accepting coat donations. The program runs through mid-January.

PCIRC’s angel tree will go up in the lobby of Plumas Bank after Thanksgiving. Donors can choose a paper “angel” from the tree and select gifts for the needy child described on the angel. Take gifts to the PCIRC office.

The center is also working with the Plumas County Sheriff’s Employees’ Association and Social Services to help families in need.

Cash donations are also welcome and help support the Homeless Family Transitional Housing program. To donate or “adopt” a family, call 283-5515.

 

PORTOLA AND SIERRA VALLEY

Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative

The local energy provider is assisting local charities with toy, food and clothing drives for the upcoming holidays.

A Mitten Tree will be available to decorate with “warm” ornaments from employees and the public. Mittens, hats, coats, snow boots, socks and scarves are welcome.

Help spread the warmth by dropping mittens at PSREC’s office, 73233 Highway 70.

 

Project Santa Claus and Holiday Helping Hands

These groups welcome donations of nonperishable food items and new unwrapped toys and clothing. For monetary donations, make checks payable to “Project Santa Claus” and “Holiday Helping Hands.” For more information, call 832-4174.

Drop off donations at:   Plumas-Sierra REC, 73233 Highway 70.

Plumas Eureka Fire Department, 200 Lundy Lane, Blairsden.

Portola City Hall, 35 Third Ave.

Portola Station Baptist Church, 171 S. Gulling.

Plumas Bank (monetary donations), 120 N. Pine.

Headlines Beauty Shop, 81 E. Sierra St.

Portola Family Resource Center, 49 Commercial St.

 

Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network Food Bank

The EPCAN Food Bank is struggling to keep up with demand in addition to creating holiday baskets for area residents. It welcomes donations of nonperishable food at these businesses:

Plumas Bank, 120 N. Pine.

Bank of America, 81 W. Sierra.

Bi State Propane, 74424 Highway 70.

Plumas-Sierra REC, 73233 Highway 70.

Mail monetary donations to 120 Nevada St., Portola, CA 96122 throughout the year. For more information, call 836-4521.

 

Angel Tree, Sierra County Holiday Planners and Terry’s Toys for Tots

These groups provide food baskets, new clothing and new toys to children for Christmas. They also accept gently used clothing and toys. They especially need teen items, ages 13 – 17. For more information, call 993-0247 or 993-6779.

Deliver donations to:

Sierra County Human Services, 202 Front St., Loyalton.

Golden West, 711 Main St., Loyalton.

Loyalton businesses will have angel wish lists available for sponsorship.

 

If we missed any programs, please contact Mona Hill at mhill@plumasnews.com and we will add it to our list.


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