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Time to Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Dinner

Time to Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Dinner

Helping families in need of a Thanksgiving meal in southern Nevada can be as easy as going to the grocery store.

HELP of Southern Nevada is readying the annual 97.1 The Point Turkey-Thon, a program which provides 1,200 Las Vegas families with a Thanksgiving meal, with donation opportunities at Albertsons from November 15-17. 8 News Now is a sponsor of the drive.

Donations of frozen turkeys and fixings also will be accepted from November 15 to 17 at three Albertsons locations:

  • 575 College Drive (Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • 9725 S. Maryland Parkway (Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • 1650 N. Buffalo Drive (Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Those wishing to donate money for the Turkey-Thon online can do so at www.helpsonv.org. Make sure to put “Thanksgiving” in the subject line on the donation page. A family of four can be fed with $35.

Town Square Restaurants Supporting Kids With Cancer in September

Town Square Restaurants Supporting Kids With Cancer in September

Several Town Square restaurants are showing their philanthropic side this September by partnering with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and offering a way for the public to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

A portion of sales from various items on the menus will go to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that funds the Children's Specialty Center. It is the only nonprofit pediatric cancer outpatient treatment center in the state of Nevada.

Unfortunately, families throughout southern Nevada learn everyday that cancer is a life-changing event.  Many will also learn that the health insurance they thought would cover their children's diagnosis doesn't begin to address all of their needs. Those without any health insurance will see their options for treatment severely limited.

Little Miss Hannah Foundation to Hold Benefit Balloon Launch

Little Miss Hannah Foundation to Hold Benefit Balloon Launch

A charity event honoring the passing of Hannah Ostrea will take place Wednesday night in Green Valley.

The Little Miss Hannah Foundation will host the First Annual “Rainbows to the Sky” event from 5:30-9 pm at The District at Green Valley Ranch.

The event will feature music featuring DJ Miguel Guidos, activities from 93.1 FM, face painting, dance exhibitions by Gymcats, Legos building by Bricks 4 Kidz, kids’ karaoke, raffles, and other kid-friendly activities.

Campaign Aims to Provide Water for Homeless

Campaign Aims to Provide Water for Homeless

 

Donations of water and money are being sought to help hydrate the homeless through the brutal southern Nevada summer heat.

HELP of Southern Nevada’s “HELP2O” campaign seeks to help protect homeless residents by donating water and spare change at Whole Foods Market now through August. Those looking to donate bottled water can do so by visiting Whole Foods’ Tenaya (7250 W. Lake Mead Blvd.) and Town Square (6689 Las Vegas Blvd.) locations. 

Bottled water donations can be purchased in-store and donated, or purchased elsewhere and dropped off at Whole Foods. The water will be collected on a regular basis and distributed throughout the area.

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

 

A local physical therapy practice recently took part in a large scholarship effort put on by the Latin Chamber of Commerce.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce awarded $107,000 in scholarships to 128 Clark County students from 20 area schools. The scholarships were presented to graduating high school students in financial need at the chamber’s 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 23 at the South Point.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy was a contributing sponsor of scholarships given to Alejandra Acosta of Rancho High School, Chloe Nieves of Silverado High School and Vilma Silva of Cheyenne High School. Each was awarded a scholarship to attend UNLV to continue her education in health care.

Each student will mentor with a Matt Smith professional during their undergraduate career and will be eligible to renew their scholarship if they meet GPA requirements.

Eat Wings for Seat Belt Awareness Saturday

People can enjoy chicken wings and contribute to efforts to raise awareness of seat belt safety with a fundraiser starting Saturday.

The Monica Mapile Foundation is holding a fundraiser at all nine Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Las Vegas and Henderson. The restaurants will donate 15 percent of food purchases to the foundation when the order is accompanied by a foundation flyer.

The Monica Mapile Foundation works to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a seat belt. Mapile was just 18 years old when she was killed in a car accident. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The foundation is also working to create a primary seat belt law in the state of the Nevada, which would mean law enforcement could pull people over for not wearing a seat belt.

For more information about the fundraiser, or to print a foundation flyer, go to loveclicklive.com

Local Letter Carriers and Partners Collect More Than 202 Tons of Food

Local letter carriers in Southern Nevada, working with a number of dedicated partners, helped collect 404,028 pounds of non-perishable food during the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

That is more than 202 tons of food, which was distributed to more than 20 local food pantries in Southern Nevada to help those who struggle with hunger.  Last year, this effort collected 372,789 pounds of food.

“We know we are making a difference,” said Glenn Norton, president of the Las Vegas branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.  “As letter carriers, we see the need every day on our routes, which is why we look forward to this national food drive every year. But we couldn’t make the impact we do without the community’s support, or the support of our amazing partners. On behalf of all our member letter carriers, I offer a sincere thank you.”