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The Salvation Army Kicks Off Season of Giving

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Now is that time of year to collect donations to help those in need through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. A lot of local organizations are asking for food, clothes and toys. 

One local woman is giving her time to volunteer. Stephanie Borchard wants to help others struggling, while she goes through a tough time of her very own. 

"Kids, seniors, adults, we all need a little holiday spirit," said Borchard. 

With a cheerful attitude, you would never know that Borchard had just lost her job.

"If it wasn't for the Salvation Army, like to be honest with you, my daughter probably wouldn't have a Christmas this year," said Borchard. 

Her five-year-old daughter is one of 7,000 children in Northern Nevada, taking part in the Toy Distribution and Angel Tree programs this year at the Salvation Army.  

Donna Ruiz, with the Salvation Army said, "You can go adopt a child off of a Christmas Tree, take a gift tag, go shopping. Then bring the tag and the gift back. Just give a little extra cheer. A little extra hope for the families. Take that burden off of them, knowing that their kids will have gifts under the Christmas Tree."

As for food, Borchard is able to put a meal on the table, because of the food pantry.

"Pick out a handful of things. What you need, what you want," said Borchard. 

Ruiz adds, "We do like to give them a little bit extra during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season so they don't have to worry so much about those particular meals."

And shopping is also provided to families.

"Warm winter clothing right now is certainly a need that we're seeing," said Ruiz. 

Borchard said, "I'm going to get my daughter some winter clothes so that she have some warmth."

Borchard isn't just giving her daughter warmth this holiday season, she's trying to spread joy by volunteering. She'll be a bell ringer, collecting donations for the Salvation Army. 

"Nothing makes me smile more than seeing a little kid just smile and say Merry Christmas. It makes a big difference," said Borchard. 

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