You Can Make the Holidays Brighter for Local Families

Area charities are working hard to make the holiday season brighter by collecting money, toys, bikes, new clothing, and canned goods and nonperishables.

The following food banks, charities, and local businesses are receiving items. Especially desirable are items for older children and teenagers. Please remember: all toys, bikes, and clothing items must be unwrapped. All items donated are considered tax-deductible.

Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative is assisting local charities with toy, food, and clothing drives for the upcoming holidays.

Our Mitten Tree will be available to decorate with “warm” ornaments from employees and the public. Mittens, hats, coats, snow boots, socks, and scarves are welcome.

Join us in our “Co-op Coats-4-Kids” coat drive by dropping off new coats for children 0 to 15 years old.

Help spread the warmth by dropping items at PSREC’s office, 73233 State Route 70, Portola. Please call (530) 832-6032 when dropping off.

Eastern Plumas Angel Program

Visit angel trees at Leonard’s Market, Plumas Bank in Portola, Graeagle Store, and Goodwin’s Country Market to pick up angel tags for children starting November 23. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts and NEW coats (with tags) by December 11 at locations below. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1551, Graeagle, CA 96103. Make checks payable to EPAP. For more information, call (530) 832-1827.

Drop-off locations:

  • Plumas-Sierra REC
    73233 State Route 70, Portola
  • Plumas Bank
    120 N. Pine, Portola
  • Mohawk Community Resource Center
    8989 Highway 89, Blairsden
  • Plumas Eureka Fire Hall
    200 Lundy Lane, Blairsden

Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network Food Bank

Is welcoming donations of nonexpired, nonperishable food items. Monetary donations can be mailed to 120 Nevada St., Portola, CA 96122 throughout the year. For more information, call (530) 832-4570.

Portola drop off locations:

  • Plumas-Sierra REC
    73233 State Route 70, Portola

Angel Tree, Sierra County Holiday Planners, and Terry’s Toys for Tots

Provide food baskets, new clothing, and toys. Gently used clothing and toys also are accepted, and items for teens are needed. Visit Angel Trees at various Loyalton businesses. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 382, Loyalton, CA 96118. For more information, call (530) 993-4228.

Loyalton drop off location:

  • Sierra Co. Health & Human Services
    202 Front St., Loyalton

Lassen County Toys for Tots

Items for older children and teens are in great demand. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 171, Susanville, CA 96130. Follow “Lassen County Toys for Tots” on Facebook. For more information, call (530) 260-1222.

Plumas County Sheriff’s Holiday Helping Hands

Donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing are welcome. For monetary donations, make checks payable to “Holiday Helping Hands” and mail to 1400 East Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. For more information, call (530) 283-6375.

Drop-off locations:

  • Main Sheriff ’s Office
    1400 E. Main St., Quincy
  • County Courthouse Clerks Office
    520 Main St., Quincy
  • Portola Substation
  • Quincy Rite Aid
  • Plumas-Sierra REC
    73233 State Route 70, Portola
  • Plumas Eureka Fire Department
    200 Lundy Lane, Blairsden
  • Plumas Bank (monetary donations el gifts)
    120 N. Pine, Portola