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Help cheer Christmas Cheer

Nancy Oliver Hayden
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneSanta, along with Dona J. Baxter of Christmas Cheer and Capt. Steve Ricioli of the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, are seeking more donations for the Christmas Cheer Toy Drive.
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Christmas Cheer needs cheering up.

It’s been a stressful year on the South Shore with the Angora fire and late snow. Christmas is almost here, and sign-ups for help are larger, but donations are down.

To date, 644 families, 1,174 individuals and 727 children are signed up for food and toys, which will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Christmas Cheer, 2085 Eloise Ave.

Volunteers run Christmas Cheer and distribute all donations to low-income people who need help. Volunteers will be at Raley’s Supermarket in the Village Center, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday collecting toys, cash and food.

Donations are accepted at Christmas Cheer year-round from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Santa’s House at Fire Station No. 2, 2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is accepting donations of nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Children can talk to Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. A free photo with Santa will be provided.

A donation of nearly 600 turkeys was announced Thursday, so turkeys no longer are needed.

During the holiday season, donated items are being accepted at all three South Lake Tahoe fire stations, Lake Valley Fire Station, Tahoe Douglas Fire Station, American Legion, Moose Lodge, both Safeway and both Raley’s stores, KRLT Radio, Kahle Community Center, South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex, both Longs Drug Stores, Rite Aid, Cancer League Candy Store, Grocery Outlet, Safe Haven Chiropractic office, Bank of the West, Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, Dr. Borges Chiropractic office, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Sierra House School, Sessions Salon, Tahoe Fracture Clinic, Sierra Community Church and Tahoe Verde.

For more information, call Christmas Cheer at (530) 542-4934.


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