Christmas Families Project


The first of November is “launch day” for the Newcomers Christmas Families Project. Our program’s philosophy is a “helping hand up,” not a “hand out” for those families who find they do not have money for their children’s Christmas gifts. Estimating the auction donation plus the club contributions, we are able to project the number of children and families to include in our 2018 program. The numbers are adjusted when the actual auction income is known. In 2018, we will again support Helping Hands Nurturing Center, Friendship Club and Women of Worth. Each family is agency-screened to meet our objectives and each family is reviewed by the Committee Co-Chairs, the Spreadsheet and Budget Control Co-Chairs, and subsequently by the Committee of Shoppers and Wrappers. Specially donated items are added, and every attempt is made to provide each child a memorable Christmas.

The Newcomers Christmas Families Project is one of the largest Nevada County Christmas programs in support of children. In this personalized program, as “Christmas Angels,” our aim is to provide each child at least one item from his or her “List to Santa.”

Note: We are always in need of Shoppers and Wrappers. If you can volunteer, please contact the Shoppers Chair or the Wrappers Chair.

We can use donations of extra boxes for 2018 wrapping. Please save those Christmas boxes, bags and tissue paper for 2018. We have ample wrapping paper. These donations save us money that goes toward children’s Christmas presents.

If you have updated your tablet, iPad or laptop, donate your old one now, and Quietech Associates in Grass Valley will erase and update it for its new teenaged owner. Please contact one of the Christmas Families Chairs.

For a full description of the Christmas Family Project details and history, go here.

Christmas Families Goodie Bag Project

The Donations committee of the Christmas Families Project thanks each one of you for your participation in gathering donations for the parents of the children in the program. If you have more to donate please contact the Christmas Families Chairs, and we will make arrangements to pick up your donations.

October Live Auction Review

We extend a GIANT THANK YOU to everyone who contributed so much to making our Live Auction so much fun: our donors, the Newcomers greeters, runners and spotters, and all of you, our bidders. Our special appreciation goes out to our wonderful auctioneer, John Renwick, owner of RE/MAX Performance, who entertained us so well while we were spending our money. We couldn’t do this without the support of our community and business donors—thank you so very much!

This year’s Live Auction, our most profitable yet, made $9,560 to fund the Christmas Families Project.

Thank you to our Live Auction Committee co-chairs and to our incredible committee.

We would like to extend our thanks to the generous businesses and members of our community who selflessly donated to our Live Auction.

Tess’ Kitchen Store Grass Valley Florist
Community Asian Theater of the Sierra Stone House Restaurant
The Flying Broom Sierra Cinemas, Inc.
Sierra Stages Community Theater Bistro 221
RE/MAX Performance Bruce Marlow
Baskin Robbins InConcert Sierra
Sergio’s Caffe Alta Sierra Country Club
Dale’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Everything Has A Place
LeGacy Productions Lefty’s Grill
Affordable Auto Detailing Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills Reel Anglers Fly Shop
Music in the Mountains Emeritus Vineyards
Tim the Tree Man Barton Cox Media Productions
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Wheyward Girl Creamery

October Silent Auction Review

Our sincere thanks to the many generous members who donated treasures for the 2018 Silent Auction and to all the bidders who enabled our auction to be a success, bringing in proceeds of $1,719!  Also a big thank you to our small army of volunteers who set up tables, displayed items and cashiered to make the auction run like a well-oiled machine.