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St. Jude's Receives Money from Wal-Mart

St. Jude's Receives Money from Wal-Mart

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children received thousands of dollars in donations from Las Vegas area Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs stores Friday.

All 36 stores donated money, which totaled $36,000. The money will go towards the ranch’s recycled greeting card program. The program provides job training for older teenagers.

“This much needed grant helps support the Recycled Greeting Card Program and KIDS’ Corp., which teaches our kids job skills, helping prepare them to become productive, wage-earning members of the community when they leave our care,” Sarah Sheehan, Director of Community Relations said.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children provides a home for abused, neglected and abandoned children in southern Nevada. 

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.

Company Collects School Supplies for Kids in Need

A southern Nevada title company with an office in Boulder City is collecting back-to-school supplies for kids in need.  

Nevada Title Company will be gathering items from now until Friday, September 2. They're looking for necessities from pens and pencils to backpacks and binders. They're also collecting travel-sized toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. All the items donated will be given to the Clark County School District Focus School Project. The project pairs businesses with schools to make sure students get the supplies they need to be successful.

You can drop off items at the Nevada Title office on Hotel Plaza between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Here's a list of some of the items they're collecting:

15 Year Old Fighting for Her Life

15 Year Old Fighting for Her Life

A 15-year-old Las Vegas girl knew something was very wrong when she started suffering headaches and nausea but she didn't know that the diagnosis would lead to the fight of her life.

Kassidy Merritt is a sophomore at Centennial High School. She was on the softball and tennis teams plus she played in the chamber orchestra. Even when she was feeling sick she went to softball practice and tried to keep up with her teammates. Soon after starting to feel ill she and her parents received a devastating diagnosis. A rare brain tumor was found her brain stem. To make it even worse the tumor was inoperable. Radiation or chemotherapy would help but her life expectancy was still less than two years.

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.

Trauma Support Program Seeks Volunteers

The non-profit Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is currently recruiting compassionate citizens to serve on its emergency response crisis team to help people on the worst day of their life.

TIP of Southern Nevada began serving the citizens of Clark County in 1994. TIP is committed to helping those in crisis by providing immediate on-scene support to those emotionally traumatized. TIP volunteers are requested by local police, fire and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events to provide emotional and practical support to family, friends, witnesses or victims.

TIP volunteers must have a clean criminal and driving history. Volunteers are required to attend a training academy, pass a three-month field training program and attend a monthly continuing education meeting. Volunteers are also required to commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.