Acts of Kindness: Skyler Gonzalez - 8 News NOW

Acts of Kindness: Skyler Gonzalez

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LAS VEGAS - Air conditioning is something people take for granted, until it stops working.

It wasn't a broken part that left the staff and kids at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club without air conditioning during one of the hottest summer months. Someone broke in and stole the air conditioning units. It would cost the facility $25,000 to replace the units.

"We brought in fans, brought in popsicles. We even had little fun water balloon fights to keep everybody's mind off of it," said Boys and Girls Club Teen Director Kimike Carr.

Seventeen-year-old Skyler Gonzalez decided to do something about it.

This was a huge challenge for him. He struggles with social anxiety and depression. He originally came to the club to seek acceptance and meet new people. Within a few months, his confidence grew as did his responsibilities.

"I run the Facebook page for her. It gives me a lot of references for jobs," he said.

He wanted to help the club that has given him so much in return. "(I'm) trying to raise enough to pay back the air conditioning units," he said.

"One thing about that kid, once he has his mind set on something, he just goes for it," Carr said of Gonzalez. "Next thing I know, ‘Miss Kim, we wrote a bunch of letters to all these different places.'"

After nearly two weeks without working air conditioning, something extraordinary happened. Money started pouring into the Boys and Girls Club.

"The Wynn donated two thousand dollars… I honestly didn't really expect anyone to reply. I'm ecstatic people did. It's still coming," Gonzalez said. "It makes me feel good. No matter what age, you can help out whatever you can. I may be too young for big jobs. I can still help out."

8 News NOW decided to reward Skyler Gonzalez for his efforts, awarding him $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.

"I don't know what to say. That's a lot of money. I'm going to get robbed," he joked.

If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.

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