Project Santa Claus preparing for 24th year

Project Santa Claus, a volunteer organization in its 24th year of lending a hand to Douglas County children in need, is getting ready for the holidays.

The project needs volunteers to sort, consolidate, and wrap presents at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building. The pavilion will be open December 15th to 19th from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. There is no schedule and no sign up sheet; just show up. We are calling on all the service groups, non-profits and the community to be involved. Project Santa Claus is counting on the generosity of local businesses and churches provide the volunteers lunch each day. Coffee, water, soda and snacks are also needed.

Angel Trees have sprouted up all over Douglas County to provide the opportunity to sponsor a child for Christmas. The child’s first name, age, hobbies, clothes size, and Christmas wish list are included on each tag. Anyone can sponsor a child simply by choosing a name from any of the Angel Trees that have been set up.

Please return wrapped gifts to the Angel Tree location by December 16. If you are unable to get to an Angel Tree location, you can drop off new unwrapped gifts at the fairgrounds on December15. Each child will also receive a new book and a new hat and mittens. A team of Project Santa Claus volunteers will distribute the gifts to the families a few days before Christmas. Last year, 714 children from 315 Douglas County families received Christmas presents, and organizers said they are expecting to have close to same number of children signed up this year.

The Project Santa Claus program helps provide Christmas gifts to Douglas County children in need from newborn to age 15. Children are pre-qualified through Douglas County Social Services, Washoe Tribal Social Services, the Family Support Council, CASA, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and special needs presented by the local churches. Project Santa Claus is not affiliated with Toys for Tots. If you prefer to give a cash donation, we will use the money to purchase gifts for the unclaimed Angels or children who did not receive two gifts, books, hats and mittens.

Contributions are tax deductible. Project Santa Claus is an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization under Carson Valley Kiwanis Foundation ID No. 27-3581522.

Monetary donations may be mailed to Project Santa Claus at P.O. Box 3031, Gardnerville, NV. 89410.

For questions call the following:

Project Santa Claus Chairman – Gary Dove, 265-9443

Volunteering – John Carne, 267-9668 or Woodie Ross, 901-0410

Angel Trees – Nancy Hollenbach, 783-1821

Hat and Mittens Trees – Dave Biba, 783-9665

Book Trees – Deanna Abbott, 790-3112

There are book, hat and mitten trees located around the Valley for people who would rather not go toy shopping.

Angel Tree Locations:


Topaz Lodge & Casino – 1979 Highway 395

Carson Valley Medical Center – 1107 Highway 395

Raley’s Supermarket – 1363 Highway 395

Sharkey’s Casino – 1440 Highway 395

Wells Fargo Bank – 1542 Highway 395


Tumblewind – 1600 Esmeralda Ave.

Taylor-York Salon – 1662 Highway 395

Pulse Gym – 885 Mahogany Drive

Carson Valley Swim Center – 1600 Highway 88

Drago Salon – 1667 Highway 395

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