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Reno firefighters give homeless children a brighter holiday


1532130_1554174758160938_981413700014659674_n-300x200-1779931-9974291On Sunday, December 21, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m., Reno firefighters will turn the downtown Reno Ballroom into a center of holiday activities for children experiencing homelessness.

The children, ages six to 14 and primarily from Reno’s downtown area, are pre-selected by the Washoe County School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, Pathfinders Children’s Ministry, and the Family Shelter.

Current and retired Reno firefighters and police officers, their families, and other volunteers will gather to host the annual holiday party.

The children will have an opportunity to make Christmas ornaments and gifts, play games, and participate in face painting and other activities along with adult role models to create a special day filled with fun, laughter, and good food.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive and after a visit with Santa, the children will be taken to the “Toy Room,” where they will select a special Christmas present and receive other items.

A hot lunch is being donated and catered by the Silver Legacy for the 10th consecutive year through the efforts of Gary Carano.10849805_1554174814827599_536216268020172534_n-300x200-7135297-1033485

Last year, an estimated 200 children and volunteers gathered for the special party that is supported by donations from Reno firefighters, police officers, local businesses, artists, and various volunteers. Reno firefighters organized the inaugural children’s holiday party in 2001.

If you would like to donate new and/or gently used children’s clothing, toys, or money, you can do so by dropping it off at any Reno Fire Station or the Reno Fire Administration office (1 E. First Street, 4th floor of City Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by no later than Friday, December 19, 2014.

The City of Reno government’s mission is to efficiently provide the highest level of service responsive to our community. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established four key priorities: Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, Provide Efficient and Responsive City Services, Promote a Sustainable and Vibrant Economy, and Enhance Communications and Community Engagement. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 334-INFO.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.