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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.”

Firefighters and Police Officers Deliver Toys

Firefighters and Police Officers Deliver Toys

 

Firefighters made the day a little brighter for several kids in the hospital.

The Firefighters Involved in Racing for Education or FIRE team along with deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office motorsports team stopped at Sunrise Children’s Hospital Thursday.

They brought with them toys donated by supporters of the teams.

“It is a great feeling because normally when we see these kids they are usually sick at home and they are in distress. When we come here we can see that they are improving,” Andy Lewis with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said.

After they dropped off the toys, the teams went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas Shootout Race. The motorcycle race involves law enforcement officers and firefighters from around the country.

Group Looking for Volunteers to Clean Up Park

 

A group of real estate professionals will be working to clean up a local park, and they are looking for volunteers to help.

Commercial Alliance Las Vegas, which is the commercial real estate division of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, will be cleaning up trash at Molasky Park, 1065 East Twain Avenue.

The event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dozens of volunteers are already expected including the CALV President and members of the staff and board of directors. The group will remove trash, paint over graffiti and generally spruce up the park. Clark County is also helping with the cleanup efforts.

To volunteer, go to calv.org or call 784-5050.

Kids Battling Cancer Meet with Local Police

Kids Battling Cancer Meet with Local Police

Kids battling cancer got a chance to meet with local police officers and Metro Police's K-9 unit Friday.

The children at the Kops 4 Kids event all have suppressed immune systems because of the treatments they are undergoing. This means they cannot go to regular school. The contact with other children would expose them to potentially life-threatening diseases that their bodies cannot fight off.

The event allowed the children to be part of a normal activity. They meet with Metro Police officers, SWAT team members and the K-9 unit. They also could talk with firefighters and school district police officers. The kids were even also allowed to see police vehicles and fire trucks up close.

The event was sponsored by Children's Specialty Center of Nevada. It is the only nonprofit pediatric cancer outpatient treatment center in Nevada. Children receive cancer care regardless of their families income or health insurance.

Prom Dresses Being Distributed to Kids in Need

Prom Dresses Being Distributed to Kids in Need

After weeks of collecting dresses, Las Vegas Prom Closet will be open this weekend for high school girls looking for an outfit for prom.

The nonprofit group collected new and gently used prom dresses and accessories for kids who cannot afford them. The dresses were collected at several drop-off locations around southern Nevada. The prom closet will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the HELP of Southern Nevada offices, 1640 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 100. High school students interested in getting a dress from Las Vegas Prom Closet will need to show a valid student ID.  

 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration Planned

There is a chance for everyone to celebrate a literary legend and help kids receive the gift of reading.

Spread the Word Nevada is teaming up with Barnes & Noble to throw two birthday parties for Dr. Seuss. The first will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Barnes & Noble store at Sunset Road and Stephanie Street in Henderson. The second will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Barnes & Noble store at Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road.

There will be cake, hats and, of course, books. Spread the Word Nevada is reminding everyone to mention the organization when buying a book during the event. When customers say they are supporting the nonprofit, a portion of the proceeds will help go to the group.

Teen Leaders to be Honored at Boys & Girls Club Event

Teen Leaders to be Honored at Boys & Girls Club Event

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas will hold its second Steak & Burger Event at 6 p.m. March 8.

This event will showcase the Youth of the Year nominees from Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Youth of the Year is the premier recognition program for club members, promoting service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; poise; and public speaking ability.

Teens are seated with adults to enjoy a dinner of steaks for the teens and burgers for the adults. The event is an opportunity for teens to learn networking skills, etiquette and interaction with positive role models.