One man’s compassionate effort to make an impact on a valley wide goal of a hunger-free community is why Jeff Davis is a Red Cross Everyday Hero.
More than 10 years ago, a story aired on 8 News NOW, about people struggling with food insecurity in Las Vegas. A kind-hearted man named Jeff Davis was watching with his wife, Margie.
“Thirteen percent of the school age population in Clark County was insecure in their food needs, and that just threw us for a loop. So, we started to volunteer, just something simple,” Davis said.
They started volunteering for Three Square.
“Their mission is just terrific, as far as I’m concerned,” he said.
Helping to feed households at a time it was truly needed – during the economic downturn.
“The 13 percent went over 50 percent, that just made us redouble our efforts. My wife and I, and since she passed in 2015, I tried to maintain everything we were doing before,” Davis said.
And he has done just that with over 300 hours of tireless volunteering and recruitment, inspiring others to adopt the same level of passion he exhibits for those in need.
“A lot of people just say, ‘when are we going to have that again?’ and ‘I have a neighbor who’s interested,'” Davis said. “It really is a pretty tight-knit community.”
A point of pride is the Backpack for Kids program, packing 3,000 weekend meal bags for vulnerable kids, so when away from school, they never go hungry.
“Come on, we’re helping children here. This is great, and, all of a sudden you see that big grin come out.”
Many thanksgivings ago, Jeff and Margie donated a few turkeys to help others enjoy a holiday meal.
“If you can help a little bit, help a little bit.”
He knew, though, they could do more and every year since 2009 he has coordinated a turkey drive.
“Every year, we try to beat out last year by at least one turkey, and we were successful again this year,” he said.
Last year, 128 turkeys were distributed, bringing the grand total to 625 familes that have enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast because of Jeff’s selflessness and compassion.
Three Square says Jeff is an example that one person can indeed make an impact in our community.
“I feel kind of like a fish out of water here, being singled out, but I appreciate it greatly. I don’t consider myself a hero by any stretch,” he said. “To think that people are starving in a community such as this with billions of dollars going through it every month doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
And that is why Jeff Davis is a Red Cross Everyday Hero.