The weak economy is bringing more people to The Salvation Army these days: The charity reported a 24 percent increase in assistance requests this past year. More than 13,000 Washoe County residents received food and toy help during Christmas 2009.
The 12th annual Stuff-A-Bus is scheduled from noon on Wednesday until noon on Friday in the Atlantis Hotel parking lot (west side of Virginia Street). This year’s bus is being donated by Northstar at Tahoe ski resort.
Last year, the community helped the radio deejays fill a bus with nearly 1,400 pounds of non-perishable food, more than 220 new toys and nearly 6,700 pounds of warm clothing.
“We provided Christmas for over 13,000 Washoe County residents last year – half of whom were children,” said Salvation Army Major Janene Zielinski. “We’re very grateful to KOZZ and events like Stuff-A-Bus for helping us meet this need during the holidays and the winter months that follow.”
Applications for Christmas assistance will be accepted at The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center, 7175 S. Virginia St. (former Lithia dealership), from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 22 through Dec. 3 (excluding Thanksgiving) and from 9 a.m.to noon on Nov. 27.