Reno firefighters host holiday party for children in need
On Sunday, December 17, 2017, from noon to 3 p.m., Reno firefighters will turn the Reno Ballroom into a center of holiday activities for children in need.
The children, ages 6-12 and primarily from Reno’s downtown core area, are pre-selected by the Washoe County School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, Pathfinders Children’s Ministry and the Family Shelter.
Reno firefighters and police officers, their families and other community volunteers will gather to host the annual children’s holiday party. The children will have an opportunity to make ornaments and gifts, play games and participate in face painting and other activities with adult and high school role models to create a special day filled with fun, laughter, and good food.
After a visit from Santa, the children will be taken to the “Toy Room,” where they will select a special Christmas present and receive other items. A hot lunch is being donated and catered by the Silver Legacy for the 13th consecutive year through the efforts of Gary Carano.
Last year, an estimated 100 children and 175 volunteers gathered for the special party that is annually supported by donations from City of Reno employees, local businesses, artists and various volunteers.
Reno firefighters organized the first children’s holiday party in 2001.
If you would like to donate new and/or gently used children’s clothing, toys, or money, you can do so by dropping it off at any Reno Fire Station or the Reno Fire Administration office (1 E. First Street, 4th floor of City Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by no later than Friday, December 15, 2017.