Give a Toy, Spread the JoyColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in the Tahoe-Truckee region, will celebrate its 26th consecutive year as a participant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Campaign.

Along with the four Tahoe-Truckee Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices, many local businesses will serve as toy collection stations for new, unwrapped toys from now until December 14.  Our goal this year is to collect 1,500 toys for local children in need. Toy distribution is December 16 at the North Tahoe Event Center from noon to 3 p.m. The Truckee toy distribution will take place at various agencies and dates.  Please visit the Toys for Tots website to obtain distribution information.

The public is invited to attend any one of the four Toys for Tots community parties outlined below.  Entry to the event will be a donation of a new unwrapped toy for a newborn child up to 17 years of age.  For children ages 13-17, suggested items might include books, school supplies, make up, science projects, soccer balls and nets, board games, curling irons, blow dryers, backpacks, etc. You can also offer a monetary donation for entry with checks payable to Toys for Tots Tahoe-Truckee.

The first event will be held November 30 from 5-8 p.m., a mixer at Sunnyside Resort and Lodge, at 1850 West Lake Blvd., in Tahoe City, in conjunction with the Tahoe City Chamber of Commerce. Free appetizers, desserts, cocoa, and refreshments will be served.  Santa will be present for photos and hand out candy canes. Squaw Valley and Alpine ski lift tickets will be raffled throughout the evening including other great gifts.

The second party will be held on December 7, from 7-10 p.m. (adults only) at Rosie’s Café located at 571 North Lake Blvd., in Tahoe City.  Discounted appetizers and cocktails will be offered.  There will be card and board games to play throughout the evening.  For more information contact Rosie’s at 530 583-8504.  Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski lift tickets will be raffled throughout the evening.

The third event will be held on December 10 at Zano’s Family Italian & Pizzeria located at 11401 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, 530 587-7411. Enjoy live music, pizza, salads, candy canes, cocoa, and desserts.  Santa will be present for photos.    This event is in conjunction with The Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, and is a Chamber Mixer.  Squaw Valley and Alpine ski tickets will be raffled along with other great gifts throughout the evening.

The fourth party will be held on December 12, at The River Ranch Lodge from 5:30-8 p.m., at Hwy 89 and Alpine Meadows Road, 530 583-4264.  Discounted appetizers, free smores, cookies and, cocoa will be served, along with half price on dinners and $3 cocktails. The North Tahoe High School Jazz Band will be performing.

In addition, Moody’s Bistro in Truckee will be giving each customer one drink and or a dessert with every toy donated for Toys for Tots throughout the campaign. One drink per guest only.