Courtesy of Project Santa Claus · 2 min read
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Stephanie Waggoner was preparing to head up the Christmas in July toy drive for Project Santa Claus before a tragic paddleboarding accident claimed her life earlier this month.
The Waggoner family is facing financial needs and an account named the Waggoner Donation Account has been opened at Greater Nevada Credit Union in Minden. Donations may be made by mail or in person.
In addition, the people she worked with at Project Santa Claus will carry on her commitment to the children of our area by pursuing the summer toy drive she started which, now and in the future, will be called the Stephanie Waggoner Memorial Christmas in July Toy Drive.
Stephanie along with other volunteers have seen to it that Project Santa Claus has been able to provide Christmas gifts to about 700 Douglas County children each year. Project Santa Claus has grown to the point where it is now a separate charitable corporation and donations, as always, are tax deductible.
In close partnership with the Douglas County Social Services, the Project strives to improve its efforts each year on behalf of children in-need. The success of this program is only possible because of the support and generosity of a caring community and the efforts of hard-working volunteers like
Stephanie. Several people suggested that it would be easier to help in the summer than during the winter holidays, so the Christmas in July effort was organized under Stephanie’s leadership to place toy drops at businesses around the Valley to collect donated new unwrapped toys and books. The following businesses have generously agreed to make a toy drop available at their locations starting the week of July 10 and continuing for the rest of the month.
Douglas County Community Center
1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville
Nevada State Bank
1656 U.S. Hwy 395, Minden
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates
1320 U.S. Hwy 395, Gardnerville
1456 Industrial Way, Gardnerville
and 808 Short Ct, Gardnerville
The Pink House
193 Genoa Ln, Genoa
1503 U.S. Hwy 395 #G, Gardnerville
The Town of Gardnerville
1407 U.S. Hwy 395, Gardnerville
Tumblewind Antiques & Collectibles
1600 Esmeralda Ave, Minden
Warren W Reed Insurance
1521 U.S. Hwy 395, Gardnerville
1330 Waterloo Ln #102, Gardnerville
Tax deductible donations can also be mailed to Project Santa Claus, P.O. Box 3031, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410 (Tax ID: EIN81-4108034). For additional information call (775) 339-8882.