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Volunteers with pickup trucks needed for Saturday Firewood Distribution Day

Gold Country Community Services is looking for volunteers to deliver firewood this Saturday. Voluntters should call 530-273-4961 and ask for Nicole Grimes.
Submitted by Sandy ‘Jake’ Jacobon |

Round 2 of Firewood Distribution Day is this Saturday, and pickup truck-owning volunteers remain in high demand.

Gold Country Community Services is sponsoring its second volunteer day this season, a change from previous years. The organization needs to remove all the wood from its current 115 Idaho-Maryland Road site, the old Hills Flat Lumber Yard, before a new tenant moves in. That led to the additional distribution day, said Executive Director Sandy (Jake) Jacobson.

“We’re delivering their full allotment,” Jacobson said of her clients. “We’re being a lot more efficient this time.”

Volunteers with pickup trucks are essential to the effort. Jacobson praised UPS, as well as the Nevada Union and Bear River high school football programs, which helped deliver the wood to low-income seniors earlier this month. She hopes at least 80 people will sign up for Saturday’s event by calling 530-273-4961 and speaking with Nicole Grimes.

Volunteers will arrive in shifts starting at 9 a.m. They’ll load wood onto trucks and then deliver it to Gold Country’s 51 clients.

Workers delivered about 20 cords of wood during the last volunteer day. Jacobson said they’ll deliver about 40 cords this Saturday.

A cord weighs over 3,000 pounds, though the specific weight depends on the type of wood.

In previous years, three drivers with Gold Country would make multiple deliveries throughout the winter. This Saturday’s effort will get all the firewood delivered in one push, Jacobson said.

“This will be the last time this season we’ll bug people about firewood,” she added. “I promise.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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