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13-year-old Turns Birthday Party into Fundraiser

Most 12-year-old girls are thinking about all the presents they’ll get when they turn 13. A Las Vegas girl is turning her 13th birthday party into a fundraiser for breast cancer.

Kimberlee Wiggins is holding a party starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. Instead of asking for presents, she is asking for donations to the Las Vegas American Cancer Society. The party has grown from just friends and family to more than 100 guests.

There will be a remembrance tree for people to write messages to loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. One generous party guest has already pledged a dollar for every message on the tree. There will also be a balloon launch in honor of those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Free Long-Distance Phone Calls for Homeless


Metro Police will be working with several charities and community groups to provide phone calls home for some of the homeless in southern Nevada.

The Phone Home for the Holidays event is set for Saturday at the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility, 1502 N. Las Vegas Boulevard. The partnership will provide free long-distance phone calls for the homeless. The idea is to get homeless people to hopefully reconnect with family and re-establish a system of support that could help them get off the street.

It is expected that 500 homeless men, women and children will use the free service. 

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada is excited to announce their campaign on G-Team Las Vegas, Groupon’s philanthropic arm.

Each week, G-Team features a local campaign that enables Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their community. From Tuesday to Thursday, the Spread the Word Nevada G-Team campaign will raise money and increase awareness about its children's literacy programs. Spread the Word Nevada has been providing books and literacy services to the low-income youth in Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District since 2001.

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

Trauma Support Program Seeks Volunteers

The non-profit Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is currently recruiting compassionate citizens to serve on its emergency response crisis team to help people on the worst day of their life.

TIP of Southern Nevada began serving the citizens of Clark County in 1994. TIP is committed to helping those in crisis by providing immediate on-scene support to those emotionally traumatized. TIP volunteers are requested by local police, fire and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events to provide emotional and practical support to family, friends, witnesses or victims.

TIP volunteers must have a clean criminal and driving history. Volunteers are required to attend a training academy, pass a three-month field training program and attend a monthly continuing education meeting. Volunteers are also required to commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.