Sheriff, WLV team up to deliver food to the community

Sheriff, WLV team up to deliver food to the community

From the Las Vegas Optic

For the second year in a row, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office and the West Las Vegas School District teamed up to distribute meals and gifts to area families for the Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Food and Gift Drive.

With the help of generous donations from the community, event organizers were able to deliver dozens of gifts to members of the community, along with around 90 complete meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Sheriff Chris Lopez who helped organize the drive.

“It’s growing each year. In terms of the gifts, it really grew a lot for the Christmas part of it,” Lopez said. “It seems like any time we’re having hard times, local people really step it up.”

Lopez said the coronavirus pandemic greatly increased the demand for meals this year, but donations came in at higher levels as well.

Meals were delivered to area families for two days leading up to Thanksgiving, and meals and gifts were delivered for three days leading up to Christmas Day.

WLV Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez told the Optic he wanted to thank everyone who participated in the gift and food drive.

“It’s good to see there’s people out there wanting to help out, especially in these times with this pandemic,” Gutierrez said. “We hope to make it bigger and bigger each year. The more people we can help out, the better. That’s what we’re here for: to help our community.”