2,400 Volunteer Hours Logged During Project Santa Claus Distribution Week

Posted By on January 17, 2017


We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make the 2016 Project Santa Claus (PSC) a resounding success. This year, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds alone, over 189 volunteers put in approximately 2,400 hours.

This does not include the months it took preparing, repairing bicycles and countless hours and resources the community gave purchasing and wrapping the gifts.
We especially want to thank our main elves that put in numerous hours this year. They are; Brent Holderman – Treasurer; Dave Nelson and Steve Decker – Information Services; Sue Carne and Jan Engle – Angel tree coordinators; Stephanie Waggoner, – cap and mittens; Deanna Abbott, Debbie Dove – books; Peter Engle – bicycles; June DeTurk and Carol Vickery – volunteer & food coordinators; Dee and Dave Bauer, Lou Gundell and Dale Parks – wrapping and quality control and our last minute shoppers – Dayleen, Lexie and Mandy Weaver.
Our sincere thanks to Family Support Council Executive Director Steve Decker and his staff, The Salvation Army Captain Mark Cyr and his Carson City team and Douglas County Social Services Manager Karen Beckerbauer and Case Manager Teresa Lundberg.

When the Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley took over this community project we knew we couldn’t do it alone. We needed the involvement of the other service clubs to have ownership too. This year Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Minden, Carson Valley Active 20-30 #85, Carson Valley Sertoma Club, Carson Valley Lions Club all increased their involvement from past years committing more time and effort, and also making monetary and Angel gift donations.
Other groups that make PSC a success are the individuals, businesses and organizations who help with either taking angels or placing gifts, books or cap and mitten angel trees at their facilities or donating toys. They are; Appoggio,
Bank of America, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions – Gardnerville, Christ Presbyterian Church, Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate, Costco Wholesale, City National Bank, Crystal Angels, Family Support Council of Douglas County,
Carson Valley Medical Center, Doug and Cindy Petersen, Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Ronda Crockett and Family, Douglas High School Future Farmers of America, Douglas County Community & Senior Center, Douglas
County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County District Attorneys office, Edward D. Jones – Gardnerville & Minden, Drago‘Salon, El Dorado Savings Bank, Genoa Book Club, Genoa General Store, G.E. Bently Nevada, G.E. Oil and Gas, Gratten Exercise Girls, Grocery Outlet, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Heritage Bank of Nevada, Indian Hills GID, K2 Pilates, Minden Elementary School, Nevada State Bank, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Pioneer Knitting, Pulse Fitness, Pure Glow Aveda Concept Salon, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa, R & T Cleaners, Raley’s, Scarselli Elementary School, St. Galls Catholic Church, Starbucks Coffee Co. – Gardnerville & Minden, Stor-All, Tahoe Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, The Pink House, Topaz Lodge Resort & Casino, Town of Gardnerville, Trader Joes, Tumblewind, V.I.P Rubber & Plastics, Western Title Company, United Federal Credit Union, US Bank and Yogurt Beach. When you stop into any of these businesses or visit one of these groups, tell them thank you.
Along with the community, we had groups and businesses that had volunteers come to the fairgrounds to help out. These came from Appoggio, Kiwanis, Kiwanis Aktion Club, Douglas County High School Rotary Interact, Leadership and Honor Society Clubs, Rotary, Sertoma, Lions, Carson Valley Medical Center, Rite of Passage, China Spring Youth Camp, ASPIRE Academy High School, Suicide Prevention Network’s Living Out Loud Teen Group, Valley Christian
Church and T’s in Motion.
To help with the operation costs and purchasing additional gifts, the following helped with monetary donations: Art and Joanne Hall, Carson Valley Medical Center, City National Bank, Topaz Sage Hens, Betti and Earl Christiansen, Heritage Bank of Nevada, Genoa Community Church, Nevada Preceptor Alpha Epsilon, Richard and Wanda Canton, David Canton, Jack and Sylvia Sweeny, Pacific Radomes, Tim and Carrie Champness, Mel and Chris Roschelle, Jack and Denise Sievers, Tail Dragger Café, Nimby Farms, V.I.P. Rubber, Martin Hubbard, Kathy Stipe, Pat McKinnish, Jethro’s Oven and Grille, Diane Bennett, Christine Coulter, Amanda Huff, Cerna Coper, Pau-Wa-Lu Leadership Class, Gardnerville Walmart Community Grants Team and Facility #5864 and Brookdale Resident Council – Gardnerville.
Businesses and organizations that provided food and beverages for the PSC volunteers included: Abbey Jo’s Café Girasole, Carson Valley Medical Center, Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar, Costco Wholesale, Gourmet Bakery, McDonald’s
(Minden), Raley’s, Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Minden Meat and Deli, Chicago Mike’s Pizza, Yogurt Beach and the elves’ favorite, Starbucks Coffee Co., Gardnerville who supplied fresh coffee daily.
Businesses, organizations and individuals that helped in numerous ways to make it all possible: Carson Valley Chamber of Commence, Carson Valley Inn, China Spring Youth Camp staff and residents, Douglas County Social Services, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Nevada Department of Transportation, Allied Sanitation Services, Douglas County Parks and Recreation and the fairgrounds staff, Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse, Rite of Passage staff and residents, ABE Printing & Copy Center and Starbucks Roasting Plant Maintenance Department who supplied new bikes.

All of this could not be possible without the support from our local news media outlets, The Record-Courier and Carson Valley Times and the Nevada Appeal.

With a project this big, it is hard not to forget someone or some group who also helped. We know we are missing someone who will feel left out, and for that we apologize. So, how big was Project Santa Claus this year? In all, 244 families and 618 children directly benefited from the project. We handed out 189 bikes this year and every child who received any gift with wheels also received a helmet. Over the past 29 years, 20,026 children have received the generosity of your kindness. As you read this, you know that you live in a very special place.

Gary Dove
Project Santa Claus – Chairman

Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley

John Carne
Project Santa Claus – Vice-Chairman
Rotary Club of Minden