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Douglas County Charity That Benefits From Our Food Drive

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It's a cold morning as Terri Burton patiently waits for the Carson Valley Community Closet to open its doors. "We're only living on one Social Security check and after we pay bills, there's no money left.  So, they've saved our lives"
    
Terri and her husband are both disabled and they are part of a large, under-served population in Northern Nevada - the elderly. "A lot of seniors on fixed incomes, where food stamps and disability or things like that aren't making it through the month and so they're dependent on us to help meet those food needs,” says Sarah Sanchez.

"Everything we do here stays in the community"

Mike Wiley has been volunteering at the food closet for 11 years and has gotten to know some of the people who rely on it every month. "Her husband left her with two young kids. Jessie had no skills. She used the Food Closet for about two years. She now is a proprietress of a beauty salon and she's very successful."

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet in Minden serves more than 500 families per month. Director Sarah Sanchez says they pride themselves in being able to offer a lot of things that many programs cannot like fresh vegetables even bread, milk and eggs. "We are really fortunate that we kinda got every category of food. So, we have bakery items, we have produce, meat and dairy and then we have your typical dry goods."
    
The Food Closet runs almost entirely on donations meaning they very rarely have to seek outside funding to support the program.  
    
Mike say that's due to the generosity of the Gardnerville-Minden community. Our Share Your Christmas food drive proves it - it practically fills their empty warehouse. "It's our biggest event, both in food and in money,” says Wiley.
    
And it's desperately needed says Sarah because they serve a very large, rural area in Douglas County.

"We have clients who drive, you know, almost an hour home and back to get here,” says Sanchez.

"I am very blessed to have them and I thank everybody who donates."

We hope you can come out and donate to our Share Your Christmas Drive-by Food Drive. We'll be set up at the Grand Sierra Resort, the Governor's Mansion in Carson City and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. Stop by between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and drop off some non-perishable food!

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