Each year, Mt. Wheeler Power begins organizing its Santa Elves program in October. They coordinate with the White Pine County Social Services agency, which receives applications from families in need. This year there were 87 children for the program.
For the past 22 years, Mt. Wheeler Power in conjunction with the White Pine County Sheriff’s Employee Association, facilitate this program making Christmas a lot merrier for children who wouldn’t be receiving a gift during Christmas.
Each child in the program receives a coat, one outfit, one toy and additional necessities if needed including socks, underwear and shoes. These families also receive a food voucher from the White Pine County Social Services.
The families are then invited to go down to the office at Mt. Wheeler Power to pick up items and shop for additional items among the donated toys. The success of the program hinges on caring local folks, holiday Good Samaritans if you will.
A tree is placed in the lobby at Mt. Wheeler and each ornament represents a child in our community in need. Some of these families struggle throughout the year just to make ends meet. Each ornament contains a wish list, some children want a bike, others a doll.
All presents should be dropped off at Mt. Wheeler Power at 1600 Great Basin Blvd. Donation drop off locations are also available at Economy Drug and Shopko. All gifts should be dropped off by Monday, Dec. 11. Monetary donations are also accepted.
The program is in the home stretch but there are still about 18 ornaments on the tree. Let’s make sure no child goes without a Christmas this year.