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9th annual Christmas Giveaway returns to South Lake Tahoe Saturday

The ninth annual Christmas Giveaway returns to South Shore on Saturday, Dec. 22.

An annual Christmas gift giveaway returns to South Shore on Saturday, Dec. 22.

And as has been the case practically each previous year, the ninth annual Christmas Giveaway promises to be bigger than ever.

The event was formed nine years ago by South Shore-grown Andre Tyson, a hip-hop artist who goes by the stage name Dreda Dre.

He created the event, Tyson told the Tribune in 2017, as an avenue for him to give away items that were gifted to him as a result of his connections to production companies.

“The first year I decided to do it I wasn’t sure how it would go. I had so much stuff from music — people with clothing companies and festivals give me free stuff to wear it and show it off — that I was left with tons of brand new things.”

The event has grown since then and this year the emphasis has changed slightly. This year, according to Tyson, the event will be about celebrating the season, and everyone — not just those who are less fortunate — is invited.

“The event has grown significantly over the years,” Lauren Thomaselli, recreation superintendent for the city of South Lake Tahoe, said in a press release. “Many local businesses contribute in some way, and the city is happy to do its part to make a difference.”

The year’s event will include Christmas carols performed by the Lake Tahoe Unified School District youth choir, in addition to the regular festive atmosphere. Santa will be there to take pictures.

Toys and clothes will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

“The city has been involved in this event for years, and we are proud to be hosting it yet again,” Thomaselli said. “Great entertainment, great giveaways to local families, what’s not to love!”

The ninth annual Christmas Giveaway will take place Dec. 22 from 3-7 p.m. at the Rec Center at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd. It’s free to attend and open to people of all ages.

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