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Up to 2,000 Meals for Homeless, Needy to be Served Sunday

Up to 2,000 Meals for Homeless, Needy to be Served Sunday


A special Christmas dinner will be served Sunday afternoon for homeless and needy families in southern Nevada.

Sponsored by the Frank & Victoria Fertitta Foundation and the Dr. Elias & Jody Ghanem Charitable Foundation, in memory of Mr. Frank Fertitta, Jr. and Dr. Elias Ghanem, approximately 2,000 meals are expected to be served. The doors are open to anyone who would like to attend. More than 150 volunteers will serve the meals.

The Catholic Charities St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility has been serving meals to the community’s homeless and needy men, woman and children since 1965.

The dinner runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility, 1501 Las Vegas Blvd North.

Rescue Mission Toy Drive Needs Volunteers, Gifts


The Las Vegas Rescue Mission needs volunteers to help wrap toys for its annual Christmas gift drive, as well as donations for the effort.

In partnership with the USC Alumni Association of Las Vegas, the mission is accepting toys throughout the week. The toys can be dropped off at any Chase bank location or at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, 480 West Bonanza Road. The mission can arrange to pick up the toys if a company conducts a larger drive.

The groups need volunteers throughout the week to wrap all gifts prior to Saturday distribution event. If anyone is interested in assisting, please contact Bobby Thompson at uscbobby@yahoo.com for more information. 

The groups will be handing out toys to families in need at 8 a.m. Saturday. 

Habitat for Humanity Finishes New Home

Habitat for Humanity Finishes New Home

A Las Vegas family received keys to its new home Monday thanks to efforts by Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas.

Ronitta Hewing and her daughter Kaloni received the keys to their home near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue. With a permanent, affordable home, Kaloni hopes to buy a car and go back to college. Ronitta battled addiction and now spends her spare time helping other addicts become sober. Both women are thrilled to have a home to call their own, especially in time for Thanksgiving.

"My daughter is an excellent cook and she gets to make our Thanksgiving dinner in the house! She gets the kitchen to cook. We get to have our family over. We were in a small little apartment, and now, we get to fill our house with love and joy. It is really good that we got to move in before Thanksgiving,” Ronitta Hewing said.

Kids in Need Get New Shoes

Kids in Need Get New Shoes

A local charity that works to provide footwear to kids in need received help from the Wal-Mart Foundation to complete their mission.

Goodie Two Shoes received a $66,000 grant to help buy socks and shoes for disadvantaged children. The check was presented to the organization during a special event Friday at McWilliams Elementary School.

As part of the event, 400 children were given new shoes and socks. Goodie Two Shoes handed out the shoes from their mobile shoe store on wheels. Children could choose any pair of shoes they like.  Each child received a personal fitting to make sure he or she got the best shoe for his or hear age and size.

Every year, Goodie Two Shoes works to help 10,000 southern Nevada children.

Catholic Charities Seeks Holiday Food Donations


Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is in need of turkeys for Thanksgiving. Its Social Service program is providing turkeys and groceries to families in need.

This holiday season, Catholic Charities expects more than 4,000 families will come seeking Thanksgiving baskets. They are in need of turkeys and traditional Thanksgiving dinner fixings.

Individuals or organizations who would like to help by donating turkeys, canned or non-perishable food, can contact 385-2662 or deliver donations to Catholic Charities, 1501 Las Vegas Blvd North.

Seniors Receive Fire Extinguisher Donation

Seniors Receive Fire Extinguisher Donation


A few weeks ago, a small kitchen fire scared a number of residents at the Sunrise Garden Apartments near West Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard.

They contacted City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian to see if it would be possible for the residents to receive training from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue on what to do in the event of a fire and how to use a fire extinguisher.

There are 248 units in the complex that share common areas, which consist of a kitchen and living room. There are 62 kitchen areas that residents use. In each kitchen area is a common, dry-powder fire extinguisher, but senior citizens do not operate them because they are sometimes difficult to use due to limiting medical conditions or they forget how to use them.

Downtown Businesses Step Up to Help Seniors

Downtown Businesses Step Up to Help  Seniors

The community is coming together Saturday to remodel and renovate a senior center on North 11th Street.

The effort is being led by Downtown Cares Las Vegas. The volunteer group includes diverse businesses like Zappos, Whole Foods, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino and 8 News NOW. There will also be volunteers from the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the Metropolitan Police Department. Workers will be updating the Robert Gordon Senior Recreation Center, 450 N. 11th Street.

The seniors who use the facility have put together a wish list of improvements they would like to see done to their home away from home. Workers will be painting, gardening, improving the recreation area, and beautifying the patio. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and volunteering begins at 10 a.m.

The center primarily serves low-income seniors living nearby.