LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas family is making a difference in the lives of many people. The Vivas family continues to give even when faced with hard times. Their story is the latest in a new 8 News NOW series that showcases the good deeds of valley citizens called Acts of Kindness.
Art and Hope Vivas have called Las Vegas home for 20 years. They make it a part of their family's daily life to give back to their friends and their community.
They are leaders at their church and at the Explore Knowledge Academy. They are active in several local organizations, including Project Teddy and the Josh Stevens Foundation. Art and Hope make it a priority to instill the same values in their five children.
"You start at the beginning. Your children grow through it with you. Their involvement in the programs - my daughter Rebekah - she started one of the beginning stages of serving blankets and food to the homeless," Art said.
Friends say the Vivas family never fails to support those around them.
"Not a day goes by that my wife and I don't reflect back on when we lost our son 1,403 days ago that Hope is the one who orchestrated for three, four, five months of meals brought to our home," Vivas family friend Drew Stevens said.
"Last year, I was in the hospital, and it was Art that sat by my bedside for an entire day," added Vivas family friend Abbe Mattson. "Just that kind of giving, that he would give an entire day so I wouldn't be alone."
More than three years ago, Art lost his job. Eventually, Hope went back to work to help support her family, but it was still very hard to make ends meet. They almost lost their home, saving it just 24 hours before auction.
"My hope for them is that all this giving that they've been doing comes back to them tenfold and that things are easy for them," Mattson said. "They've really been going through some rough times, and it's not deserved. It's their time for some peace."
8 News NOW decided it's the Vivas' turn to be on the receiving end – giving Art and Hope an $800 gift as thanks for their acts of kindness.
If you have someone you want to nominate who you think has done an act or acts of kindness and can use a little help, 8 News NOW wants to help pay it forward. You can nominate someone here or email us directly.