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Holiday Food and Clothing Project announced
Join the giving season magic by donating new or gently used warm clothing and children's books.
The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation has participated in the Holiday Food and Clothing Project with other local congregations since 1989. Starting in 2001, the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation took over directing and managing the event.
Each year, on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, the event provides food, winter clothing and books to local families in need. Last year, the project supplied more than 26,000 pounds of food to more than 1,100 people. Warm clothing, particularly for children, and children's books are the focus of the project.
This year, there will drop-off locations at the High Altitude Fitness, IV Coffee Lab, Starbucks, and the library in Incline Village, Tahoe Expedition Academy in Kings Beach, Truckee Community Arts Center and the KidZone Museum in Truckee.
Tahoe Expedition Academy is partnering with the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation to provide and monitor the barrels placed around at the drop-off locations.
Reviving the St. Nicholas tradition
Traditionally, St. Nicholas visited secretly on Dec. 5, the eve of his birthday, and left an orange with nuts, candies, or toys in shoes placed on the stoop outside. This year, St. Nick's Episcopal Church is going to revive that tradition and give it a few modern twists for our patronal feast. On Dec. 16, beginning around 4 p.m., they will have Santa Claus, a photo elf, carols, and a table to decorate frames for the photos. Around 5 p.m., enjoy a potluck dinner, with St Nick's providing a roast turkey and a hearty vegetarian dish. At 6 p.m. (or whenever they wrap up), there will be a gift exchange in the style of St. Nicholas.
For the gift exchange, bring an extra shoe and a gift in the tradition of St Nicholas - an orange and nuts, cookies, candies, marbles - something small anyone of any age can enjoy. After dinner, play St. Nicholas by stuffing gifts in someone else's shoe (previously placed around the dining hall).
The Feast of St. Nicholas will be free and open to everyone. The only fee would be for a photo with Santa, printed and ready for the frame you decorate while you wait. All are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert, but the only requirement is to bring yourself (and your friends)!