Christmas Families Project


Wow! What a year this has been for the Christmas Families Project. Thanks to your generous donations of time and money, we have been able to provide a special Christmas to 117 children and 50 families!

Our Christmas luncheon was very special as well! We had two guest speakers, from Helping Hands Nurturing Center and from Women of Worth. Both of these young women offered heartfelt words about our group and the agencies that support them. A very special surprise was having the recipient of the alto saxophone last year come and play for us! We’d like to extend a special thanks to them all for participating in our luncheon program this year. One other note of gratitude goes out to the Decorations Committee, as the centerpieces on the tables were amazing. Thank you one and all!

We also want to thank everyone on the CFP Committee and the Knitting Group for their generous donations to help make this program a success. We would be remiss not to include our thanks to the Elves who were responsible for assembling our requested bicycles and getting them ready for delivery to our families. It is truly magical the way this whole project comes together – it takes a village, and you are all so appreciated.

Looking forward to next year, we are in need of gift boxes and gift bags in small, medium and large sizes and gift tag stickers. Your donations of these items can be brought to the January luncheon or you may contact either of the Christmas Family Chairpersons and they will make arrangements to take receipt of your items.

Thank you for your continued support of this very important program.

2019 Christmas Families Project – Donors

The Special Items Team would like to thank the following donors for their help with the CFP this year:

JC Penney provided a 25% discount off clothing and toys.

One of our Newcomers’ families donated a bike and helmet.

Another Newcomer Family donated two Razor scooters and helmets.

Another Newcomer Family’s German friends donated two Razor scooters.

One of our members donated an American Girl doll.

Another donated a Portacrib for a HHNC family.

Thanks to the team leaders, as well as the Special Needs Coordinator.

Thanks also to our Fashion Show Chair who called members to provide help and direction and who assisted in making the Special Items purchases.

October Silent Auction Review

The Silent Auction co-chairs would like to thank their helpers for making this past auction one of the best. It takes lots of last minute help, so special thanks go to those who helped out that day.

Christmas Families Goodie Bag Project

Each year we have requested items from you so the parents of our children will have a special gift as well. You have been so generous, and we have provided toiletries, dental care items and other small gifts.

The crochet and knitting groups have made beautiful scarves for each of our parents. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

This year we have enough toothbrushes and toothpaste but need dental floss. There are plenty of small toiletry items, but we need larger items.

Here are some suggestions, although you may think of even better ideas to include:

Makeup, grooming items, lotions, shampoo, manicure and pedicure kits and polish, bath and spa items, stretchy house shoes/slippers, gloves in many sizes, socks, flashlights, tools for home maintenance or kitchen, towels, batteries, wallets, blankets or throws, notepads and pens or pencils.

Time is running out! Please bring your items to the October Luncheon.

Thank you in advance for your support of this project.

October Live Auction 2019 Review

Our 2019 Live Auction was amazing, generating $5,504 for our Christmas Families Project. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who contributed to making it so successful: our donors, Newcomers greeters, runners, spotters and you, our bidders. We would especially like to express our appreciation to our marvelous auctioneer, John Renwick, owner of RE/MAX Performance, who made this event both entertaining and profitable.

An enormous thank you goes to our Live Auction Committee Co-Chairs, and to our dedicated committee members who worked diligently all year to bring you fun and interesting items.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the businesses and members of our community who generously donated to our Live Auction.

Affordable Auto Detailing Arco AM PM
Auburn’s Finest Window Washing Baskin Robbins
Bistro 221 CA Organics Market & Café
Cirino’s on Main Street Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras
Come Paint with Us Dale’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Dharma Acupuncture Grass Valley Florist
Inconcert Sierra Lazy Dog Chocolateria
Lefty’s Grill Music in the Mountains
Olive Groove Onyx Theatre
Pine Street Burgers/South Pine Café Riebes Auto Parts
Sierra Theatres Sierra Stages Community Theatre
Terra Bella Salon Tim the Tree Man
Timbers at Alta Sierra Country Club Truckee River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant


October Silent Auction 2019 Review

A huge THANK YOU to the many generous members who donated some wonderful treasures for our 2019 Silent Auction. And another huge THANK YOU to all the bidders who persevered in their bidding until they succeeded in winning their item. The magical combination of donors and bidders made the auction a wonderful success, bringing a total of $2,004 for the benefit of Christmas Families Project.

Thank you, too, to the many volunteers who processed the donated items, set them out for display and cashiered. The tremendous success would not have been possible without you.

October Auction 2019 – Other Donations

Some of the ladies at the October Luncheon wanted to participate in the Auctions without making a purchase. Those donations added another $450 to the bottom line.

The total income generated for our Christmas Families Project is a whopping $7,958. Congratulations and hearty thanks to all the workers and donors who made this happen.

If you want to make a cash or check donation, we’ll be passing donation baskets at the December 4 luncheon. Please make your check payable to Newcomers. You can also mail your check, marked “CFP donation,” to the Treasurer.