Holidays are a time to give, especially to those less fortunate. There are many worthy charities and organizations in Las Vegas that assist throughout the year but really extend efforts over the holiday season. More than ever, people are shopping in thrift stores, which helps several organizations stay self-sufficient and donations are very important. Here is the chance to help the Southern Nevada community and give back.
Salvation Army of Southern Nevada
2900 Palomino Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
www.salvationarmysouthernnevada.orgThe Salvation Army of Southern Nevada operates several thrift stores as well as the facilities to collect, clean and refurbish items. Clothing, furniture, electronics, cars, boats and household goods can always be donated. Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Angel program and toy distribution at the Cashman Center Distribution for those families pre-registered December 12 and 13. An Angel Tree will be set up in the Galleria Mall through December 16. There is a virtual Angel Tree available online for tag selections to be purchased. Salvation Army is also requesting companies and organizations to hold toy drives to help fill the Toy Shop, where the registered families will select the gifts for their children. The organization also maintains a food pantry with canned, boxed and bagged food to be given to families in need. This is the time of year for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at various stores with volunteer bell ringers and buckets for monetary donations.
390 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
www.opportunityvillage.orgFounded in 1954 in Southern Nevada by several families with children with intellectual disabilities, Opportunity Village has become Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit community rehabilitation program, serving more than 3,000 people annually. Programs offered include art and life skill enrichment, vocational training, community job placement, operation of thrift stores, training center campuses, advocacy and social recreation programs. Donations are always welcome for its thrift store as well as auction items for its holiday events.
Goodwill of Southern Nevada
1280 W. Cheyenne Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
www.sngoodwill.orgGoodwill of Southern Nevada operates 14 retail locations, including two clearance centers, in Southern Nevada. Revenue from the sale of donated items at Goodwill retail stores fund Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s job placement and training programs. In 2013, Goodwill of Southern Nevada assisted over 2,000 individuals to find employment at a variety of businesses, as well as provided job placement and training services to over 10,000 people.
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
William Fry Drop-in Center
4981 Shirley St.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
www.Nevadahomelessyouth.orgAn Angel Tree will be put up in the drop-in center operated by the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. There is a wish list for new gifts including gift cards for Target, Wal-mart, fast food restaurants, Regal Theatres and long distance phone cards. Other items needed include batteries (AA/AAA), daily or monthly bus passes, snack food, frozen food, hand warmers, socks, underwear, hoodies coats, jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and beanies. New, unwrapped gifts must be dropped off by December 18.
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.