The Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA) today delivered 213 custom bags of cheer with shoes, shirts, toothbrushes, toys and other holiday goodies for at-risk children at the John Mendoza Elementary School , located at 2000 S. Sloan Lane.
Photo: LVHA president Linda Ness bends to assist an enthusiastic John Mendoza Elementary School student who is receiving a holiday gift bag that is nearly her size.
“Our teachers are able to spot the children who can use the extra help,” said principal Brenton Lago. The LVHA worked closely with the school’s teachers and principal to determine which children were in need. Their names, shoe and clothing sizes and special needs were individually determined. Then LVHA members selected students and shopped for them. Every bag had a pair of shoes, other gifts and a toothbrush donated by On-Site Dental.
“In spite of the economy and the downturn in tourism, we want to help respond to our community’s needs,” said Linda Ness, the non-profit LVHA’s president, who pointed out that no two bags were alike.
Adding to the holiday spirit, the children enjoyed cookies and small cartons of milk that Hooters Casino Hotel, an LVHA member, donated.
The LVHA also delivered another community donation made by Ann V. DeVere who owns Plaza Books.
She gave the school used books and pointed out that she extends a 50 percent discount to school teachers year round.
The LVHA is a non-profit, Nevada State association made up of more than 400 hospitality industry working professionals. Originally founded in 1962, the Las Vegas Hospitality Association encompasses a broad spectrum of companies supporting the tourism, convention and hospitality fields in Southern Nevada.
Web site: www.lvhospitality.org