Wrapping Up Holiday Generosity

By Emily Compton

Toys, gifts and warm coats are ready to be distributed to local children by the Helping Hands program. Photo by Cassie Lavley

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office Employee Association spent its holiday season giving back with its 39th year of the association’s Holiday Helping Hands program.

The program kicks off every November with PCSO employees volunteering their time to stuff approximately 15,000 mailers that solicit donations from county residents. Deputies help collect donations from the various dropoff locations throughout the county, assemble gift bags and deliver them to those in need.

The program typically raises anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000 a year, but not just from locals. Program Manager Cassie Lavley said they “receive donations from people all over the county as well as those out of the county who may have part-time residence here or are just long-time donors.” Donations are used to purchase toys, coats, and other gifts during the holiday season.

Additional donations fund scholarships and other nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Each year, families can apply for their children to receive a gift(s) by filling out the form sent in their mailer. Call (530) 283-6375 if you need a form. The public is encouraged to send any monetary donations through the mailer; checks can be made payable to “Holiday Helping Hands” and sent to 1400 E. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing are welcome.

Cassie Lavley said that this year’s program was again successful with 200 local children receiving gifts for the holidays.

Amidst challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are many ways to help others. PSREC extends its gratitude to all of the organizations and individuals who gave back during this holiday season.

The Holiday Helping Hands program relies on donations to provide these much-needed items to local families. For more information, visit the Plumas County Sheriff’s Employee Association’s Facebook page, or call (530) 283-6375.