The gift of giving this holiday

LAS VEGAS -- Social service agencies say the need this holiday season is great. If you are in the spirit of giving, there are several different things you can do to help, whether it is giving a gift or donating your time.

Toys for Tots - Help make this a Merry Christmas for the valley's youngsters by donating to the Marine Corp Reserves Toys for Tots program. Businesses can still apply to be a toy drop off site. Toys "R" US and Babies "R" US are among the businesses accepting unwrapped toys.

Salvation Army - Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Angel program and toy distribution at the Cashman Center. The set up will take place on Dec. 10 and 11with the distribution being on Dec. 12 and 13. The Salvation Army is also looking for businesses who want to sponsor the event. Volunteers are also needed to collect toys at the Angel Trees set up in local malls. The collection of toys will take place through Dec. 5. The Salvation Army has numerous opportunities for volunteers. You can register at this site. If you would like to sponsor an angel online, click here.

Catholic Charities - Volunteers are always welcome to help serve food to the homeless at St. Vincent Lied dining room. Call 366-2081 to sign up. Also volunteers are need to help with Christmas toy distribution, you can reach the volunteer coordinator at 366-2081 to set that up.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth - You can make Christmas happier for a homeless teen by getting them something from their wish list. You can drop off an Angel Tree gift by Dec. 18 at the William Fry Drop-in Center, 4981 Shirley Street, Las Vegas 89119. For more information call (702)383-1332. The holiday wish list includes: gift cards for fast food restaurants, Target, Wal-mart, Regal Theatres, long distance phone cards, batteries (AA/AAA), daily or monthly bus passes, snack food, frozen food, hand warmers, socks, underwear, hoodies coats, jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and beanies.

Three Square - Food is needed to help local families make it through the holiday season. Three Square is a food bank supplier for non-profit groups. Click here for more information on donating.

Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign - The annual bell ringers for the Salvation Army raise money that funds shelters, meal programs and emergency assistance. Volunteers can do three hour shifts. The money raised in the kettles represents more than half of the Salvation's Army income. All that spare change adds up!

Fill the Fire Truck - Starting Nov. 28, all Clark County fire stations will be accepting donations of new unwrapped and toys and gift cards for disadvantaged children. The Fill the Fire Truck event will also take place outside of five Wal-mart stores over four weekends starting Nov. 29. The final day for drop-offs is Monday, Dec. 22.

  • 7200 Arroyo Cross Parkway (Rainbow/215)
  • 8060 West Tropical Parkway (Centennial/US95)
  • 6464 North Decatur Boulevard (Decatur/215)
  • 4350 North Nellis (Nellis/Craig)
  • 540 Marks Street (Sunset/Marks)

CASA Foundation Angel Tree Drive - Every foster child should get to experience the joy of Christmas and that is why the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas hosts an Annual Angel Tree Toy Drive each holiday season. The toy drive will go through December 12 with drop off locations across the valley including Rachel's Kitchen, Credit Union 1, Distill – A Local Bar and Remedy's Tavern. Gifts are needed for more than 3,000 foster children. Click here for a complete list of locations.



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