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Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent’s Programs ready for ‘Operation: Stocking Stuffer’



catholic-charities-9739389-2882890Our annual “Operation: Stocking Stuffer” holiday party is scheduled for this Friday, Dec. 20, in the St. Vincent’s Dining Room at 325 Valley Road.

Staff and volunteers with Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent’s Programs will be distributing about 600 Christmas stockings and gifts to local children ages 0 – 17 whose families can’t afford to buy gifts this year. The stockings are stuffed with toys, games, toiletries, warm clothing and sweets, all of which were donated and assembled by generous members of the Northern Nevada Community.

A special thank you to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, which made a significant financial contribution toward the stocking program. The rest of the stockings were assembled and donated by local individuals, business owners and school and church groups.

Aside from stocking distribution, the holiday carnival will include a visit with Santa Claus, free flu shots and immunizations from our Kids to Seniors Korner program, face painting, gingerbread cookie decorating, holiday arts and crafts, baked goods from our St. Vincent’s Dining Room, carnival games from Circus Circus and holiday music for the children to enjoy. The Reno Bighorns’ mascot, Bruno, is also expected to make an appearance at the event.

“For many of us at Catholic Charities, this is one of our favorite events of the entire year. There is nothing more touching than watching a young child receive a special holiday stocking when they otherwise may have gone without. This event is all about the kids,” says Peter Vogel, executive director at Catholic Charities.

About Catholic Charities:  Established in 1941, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a Nevada-based, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation operating nine human service programs including  St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Emergency Assistance Program, St. Vincent’s Residence, St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, Holy Child Early Learning Center, Immigration Assistance Program, Adoption Program and the Kids to Seniors Korner Program. CCNN is committed to providing help and creating hope in our community. From infants to seniors, CCNN assists approximately 40,000 people per month in the northern Nevada community.

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