Gold Country Community Services asks for volunteers this Sunday for Firewood Distribution Day |

Gold Country Community Services asks for volunteers this Sunday for Firewood Distribution Day

Two volunteers from a previous distribution day take a quick break to pose for a photo. (Submitted to The Union)

Volunteers are needed this Sunday to help deliver firewood to seniors who qualified for the annual Firewood Distribution Day.

The program, sponsored by Gold Country Community Services, will distribute cords of wood to 130 low-income seniors. Volunteers with pickup trucks are essential to the effort, and the nonprofit is asking anyone interested in delivering the wood to contact it before the Sunday morning rollout, said Sandy (Jake) Jacobson, Gold County’s executive director.

Volunteers should call Nicole Grimes, Gold Country’s executive assistant, at 530-273-4961 to sign up.

“People who don’t stay warm tend to end up with diseases that land them in the hospital,” Jacobson said. “That can be critical.”

Jacobson said the Nevada Union and Bear River high school football programs will load UPS trucks Sunday morning. Jacobson hopes pickup-owning volunteers will arrive in shifts after the UPS vehicles leave.

“On this one day we try to do this big push and get it to them,” Jacobson said.

Volunteers will arrive at the pickup point — the old Hills Flat Lumber Yard, 115 Idaho-Maryland Road — between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The staggered arrival times will negate any traffic snarls, Jacobson said.

Volunteers will set their arrival time when they call Grimes.

Once the pickup trucks are loaded, volunteers will get directions to their drop-off points and deliver whatever their vehicles can hold.

“In the past, they’ve done one or two deliveries,” Jacobson said of each volunteer pickup truck.

About 200 people applied for the wood program, though Gold Country has enough wood for only 130.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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