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. 20 with the distribution being on Dec. 20. The Salvation Army is also looking for businesses who want to sponsor the event. Volunteers are aslo needed to collect toys at the Angel Trees set up in local malls. The collection of toys will take place through Dec. 16. The Salvation Army has numerous opportunities for volunteers. You can register at this site.
Catholic Charities - Volunteers are always welcome to help serve food to the homeless at St. Vincent Lied dining room. Call 215-4727 to sign up. Also volunteers are need to help with Christmas toy distribution, call 385-2662. You can reach the volunteer coordinator at 366-2081.
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!
CASA Foundation Angel Tree - The CASA Foundation helps foster care children in Clark County. Bring a new unwrapped toy or money to Remedy's Tavern and Restaurant on Sat., Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's located at 3265 St. Rose Parkway Trail in Henderson. It is the goal of the foundation to provide each child in foster care with either a $50 gift card or $50 worth of toys.