The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, with tremendous support from the Reno, Sparks and Fernley communities, provides Christmas gifts and goods to local club families in need. In 2019, the Club matched more than 165 families with generous adopters who provided toys, clothing and household supplies. With these donors, plus others who provided extra toys, we were able to help more than 1,500 children last year.
Many of the families that receive help through our program are Club families that are either living on a very limited income or are homeless. The children in our Holiday Help program range in age from 5 to 18. All are currently enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and have attended the Club at least 52 times in the last year. Each family goes through a pre-screening process before their application is approved for the Holiday Help program, so we know these are families in need of assistance.
We ask that donors specify the size of the family they want to adopt. We always do our best to match donors with the family size they request. Our families range in size from one parent and one child up to two parents with six or more children. It is our hope that donors will provide at least three new, wrapped gifts for each child. In most cases, these gifts will be the only presents our children receive.
Many donors also want to give the parent a gift. We suggest a gift card to Walmart or Save Mart, so the parent can buy food for their family and donors do not have to worry about buying additional gifts for the parents. Another option is if a parent has filled out specific needs they have on their application the donor may choose to purchase these items.
To adopt a Reno-Sparks family for the 2019 Holiday Help program please contact Kathleen Vanderziel at (775) 360-2450 or email.
Families applying for the program should contact Anne Studebaker, Family Plus Director at (775) 360-2401 or email@example.com.