Dixon Toys for Tots is in need of some immediate help as Christmas gets close.
“We are requesting the community’s help making sure we have every needy family, and every senior citizen who will be alone on Christmas Eve, in Santa’s data base," said Ted Hickman in a release Wednesday.
The release continued:
For any families who may have missed the four days of sign ups, or anyone who knows a family in need not being helped by another agency, you can call Arlene at 707-676-5104, Patti at 530-315-3754 or Maribel at 707-718-6680 and they can arrange for the family to be qualified.
For anyone who is, or knows of a senior or couple who will be alone on Christmas Eve and could use a cheerful special visit from one of Santa’s helpers, call Nolan Solano at 707-365-5575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for either confirmation they are on, or to add to the list.
“The coat program is lagging a little,” according to Hickman. He said, “We need about 1,000 and currently we only have around 500.” Those with coats can drop them off at over 30 businesses throughout Dixon or at the police or fire departments he said. He also said anyone with questions about the coat program or who have donations to make can call Coats for Kids chairperson, Karlie Costa Ocenasek at 916-220-9433.
Hickman also said donations are at about half of the total goal needed to run all seven of the Christmas programs. Donations can be made at First Northern Bank, Bank of America, or Wells Fargo Bank inside Safeway, in the name of Dixon Toys for Tots.
In addition to over 30 places collecting warn, lightly used coats, Cattleman’s Restaurant, the Buckhorn Bar and Grill, the Veteran’s Hall, and Mary’s have been added and have collection receptacles.
Cattleman’s is offering free hors d’oeuvres, the American Legion Bar first drink at half price, Buckhorn and Bud’s $1 off first drink for anyone bringing in a coat or toy.
For more information on any of the programs Hickman can be reached at 707-678-2203.