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Baby Shower Planned for Military Moms

Baby Shower Planned for Military Moms

It's one thing to be in the military and constantly moving around the country. It's something quite different to be pregnant while your spouse is overseas and you're left living in a community far away from family and friends.

That is how Operation Showers of Appreciation got started. It's a way to support those military families who need a good friend to throw them a baby shower when they need it most. 

Again this year Operation Showers of Appreciation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will be assisting more than 100 military moms with all the things they need as a new parent, or soon-to-be parent.

"To have the opportunity to support and lift up these mothers is just fantastic. It helps ensure moms have what they need and reassures deployed dads that their loved ones are cared for so they can focus on their mission," said Kimberly Felshaw, President of Operation Showers of Appreciation.

Flip a Cell Phone for UNLV Hoops Tickets

Flip a Cell Phone for UNLV Hoops Tickets


Donating an old cell phone can net you two free tickets to Saturday night’s UNLV basketball game against New Mexico.

Through Thursday and while supplies last, fans who recycle a no-longer-used wireless phone through HopeLine from Verizon at any of the participating Verizon Wireless stores in metro Las Vegas will receive a pair of tickets to the Runnin’ Rebels game versus New Mexico. Official rules available in participating stores or online at www.verizoninsider.com/lasvegas.   

Since the launch of the recycling program in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 8 million phones, awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations across the country and distributed more than 106,000 phones with more than 319 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Bieber Concert for Local Students on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday

Bieber Concert for Local Students on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday

Pop star Justin Bieber gave the students at Whitney Elementary School a special holiday concert in December. Now, everyone else will get a chance to see that concert. The musical event will be part of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday.

In November, Bieber surprised the principal and the students with the announcement that he would perform there. He also promised a donation of $100,000 to the struggling school. He kept both those promises December 16.

The school has received national attention because a majority of the students do not have permanent homes. The principal, Sherrie Gahn, and her staff have stepped in to help their students. There is a food pantry, clothing closet and classes for parents. The attention from Ellen DeGeneres and other celebrities, along with fundraisers by southern Nevada businesses, has helped the school provide even more for the students.

Hospice Collects Bedding for Animals in Need


The Nathan Adelson Hospice is collecting beds and blankets for animals this holiday season.

The hospice is taking in the bedding from now until January 31. The blankets and beds will then be donated to the Lied Animal Shelter, the Dewey Animal Shelter and the Noah’s Ark Shade Tree Animal Shelter.

They are accepting new and gently used blankets, towels and dog beds. Donations can be dropped off at all four of the Adelson Hospice locations.

  • 4141 Swenson Street
  • 3391 N. Buffalo Road
  • 1401 S. Highway 160, Suite B, Pahrump
  • 1201 Nevada State Drive, Henderson

The drive is an extension of the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program at the hospice. The program uses several different kinds of therapies to ease discomfort, including pet therapies. The team of pets and their owners at the program are heading up the collection efforts. 

Grant Money to Help Homeless Youth

A new grant from a banking giant is being used to expand services at a homeless youth center.

Bank of America awarded the Partnership for Homeless Youth its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative grant. The $200,000 grant will be used at the group’s center at Tropicana Boulevard and Maryland Parkway. The money will be used to increase the size of the center and expand the types of services offered.

“Families have been forced to make very difficult decisions and had to double up, go live with other families, which in turn exacerbates the homelessness phenomenon,” Director Arash Ghafoori said.

One of the kids the center is helping is 19-year-old Aaron Kik. He would spend three or four days of the week staying at friends’ houses because his mother was not around.

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.