Yesterday, the Las Vegas Rotary Club hosted its 27th Santa Clothes program across three J.C. Penny stores in Southern Nevada, including the Meadows Mall, Galleria Mall and Grand Canyon Shopping Center.
Rotarians and volunteer shoppers shopped with at-risk children in need of clothing and shoes. When the program first launched, it provided clothes for 35 children in need with a budget of $5,000. Last year, the organization shopped for 348 children on a $114,000 budget, totaling $1.6 million in services and donations and reaching almost 6,500 children throughout Southern Nevada since its inception.
“The program has become a tradition for our Club, as it has grown into our most significant and successful annual charitable giving program,” said Caty Crockett, president of the Las Vegas Rotary Club. “Helping spread joy to children in need during the holidays is a gift to each of us. Giving back to our community and local children is at the core foundation of our values, which is why our goal is to always lend a helping hand wherever we can.”
In the second half of the program, Rotarians and participating children visited the Boy Scouts campus, where they participated in a variety of sports activities, enjoyed lunch, and listened to a guest inspiration speaker. This year’s Santa Clothes service project was in partnership with its sponsors Engelstad Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities and all of the Southern Nevada Rotary Clubs.