South Lake Tahoe Christmas Cheer All Year holiday food and toy collections this week
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With the holiday season in full swing, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and South Tahoe Refuse will host their annual food and toy collection drives starting Monday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 12. Both events benefit Christmas Cheer All Year, an El Dorado County based food pantry.
“The need is so great all year,” LTVA deputy director Sue Barton said of the inspiration for their Drive and Drop for Christmas Cheer collection. “I think it’s a great opportunity to give back. “
The organization will accept food and toy donations at drive-through bins set up at their Tahoe South Visitor Center on Highway 50, across from the Tahoe Daily Tribune offices.
“We’re hoping to make it as easy as possible for local residents and businesses,” Barton said.
Collections will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Barton also encouraged local restaurants to donate non-perishable items they may no longer need.
South Tahoe Refuse will offer collection options as part of their annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive.
“It’s one of our aims to spread cheer around the community,” refuse company human resource manager Jeanne Lear said. “Our employees enjoy it maybe more than anybody. They’re out there anyway and they can really make a difference.”
Donations will be picked up on the same day as regularly scheduled trash pickup, Monday through Friday. Residents are asked to put out donations next to their trash. Leaer reminds area residents to wait until the day of trash pickup to put out items.
“There are still bears out there,’ she said.
Both organizations are accepting non-perishable food items that have not passed their expiration dates, along with toys.
Lear also encouraged the donation of toiletries and other household items.
Together the groups annually collect around 2,000 pounds of food and toys.
The LTVA will additionally accept monetary donations at its office. Barton said that in previous years they have raised around $1,200 in monetary donations.
“This is only our third year doing it. We did it in 2013 and 2014 with great success,” Barton said of the LTVA drive. “We’re hoping we’ll see the generosity we’ve seen in years past.”
Tahoe Refuse has been collecting food for over 20 years, Lear said. Toys are a more recent addition to their effort.
“We would love to see this program all year-round,” Lear added, saying the refuse company has had internal discussions regarding expanding their program.
Additionally, donations can be made directly to Christmas Cheer at their South Lake Tahoe office on 2085 Eloise Ave. The group typically feeds around 1,000 area residents each month, all year long.