The Christmas Alert program is returning to the Lander County area and is slated to help families in need this holiday season. The Frontier Community Action Agency (FCAA) is spearheading the program to help as many families in need of assistance as they can.
During the holiday season, the Christmas Alert program serves children and seniors with a Christmas meal, toys and necessities needed during the holiday. The long-running program has helped hundreds of people over the past 25 years.
Several of those that FCAA currently serves will receive winter coats, hats and shoes through the program. Several families get adopted by the FCAA but they can only help a limited amount of people each year.
The goal of the program is to at least provide a Christmas dinner for each qualified applicant.
Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kathy Ancho said of the Christmas Alert program, “The program serves kids from infants to 19-year-olds and seniors. All the families that apply we will get Christmas baskets and hopefully we have enough for everyone that applies. People can adopt families, and the parents who apply will write down what they need, like shoes, jackets or a toy the kids want for Christmas.”
The FCAA held canned food drives in preparation for the holiday season. So did Battle Mountain High School and Lander County School District. The food will go to help families in need in northern Nevada.
“We just want to do as much we can for the community and help the people in need to get what they need,” said Ancho.
FCAA is taking donations for this program and several other programs they provide.
Those who would like to donate or adopt a family, can contact FCAA by cell phone at (775) 340-2156. Alternately, donations can be made out to the FCAA with a note attached to direct funds to “Christmas Alert” or any other function. The FCAA mailing address for donations is: Christmas Alert, P.O. Box 142, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. Programs like Christmas Alert will help families in the area have a happy holiday season.