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Looking for a way to give back this holiday season and beyond? Here are five local organizations dedicated to making the season bright for disad- vantaged and underserved children, adults and seniors in our community. Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada 1511 N. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 385-2662 Catholic Charities has been providing holiday meals and a warm place to enjoy them every year since it opened in 1965. You can help keep this magic alive with a donation of cash, food or time. They also have a goal this year to provide 1000 toys to the children of their registered clients, and they’ll need volunteer elves to help sort them out. Toys for children ages 3-11 and gift cards for older children are welcomed donations now through December 16th. They’re also accepting Christmas greeting cards for homebound seniors. To volunteer for food service or toy sorting, they ask that you register in advance at Three Square Food Bank | 4190 N. Pecos Rd. | (702) 644-3663 Three Square’s motto is “Together we can feed everyone,” and they are certainly doing their part! Through various programs, they source food, raise funds and rely on volunteers to help supply food and services to an estimated 279,000 “food insecure” people in Southern Nevada. From now until December 31st, the food bank’s generous friends will be matching monetary donations for Three Square’s Holiday Match. That means that every $10 donated will provide 60 meals to hungry tummies. Donate today or learn about volunteer opportunities at Toys 4 Smiles | 4315 Dean Martin Dr., Ste. 200 | (702) 232-8191 The mission of Toys 4 Smiles is to provide a toy to children of all ages in need of a smile, while providing a sense of purpose, caring and community to their volunteers. Toys are handmade from wood in their workshop and distributed at events around the city. They accept donations of money, materials and time. Visit to learn more. The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada 2900 Palomino Ln. | (702) 870-4430 By the numbers, the Salvation Army provides clothing, furniture and Christmas presents for nearly 20 million people every year, and con- tributes holiday assistance to more than 3.5 million children and families annually. Volunteers and donors make it all possible. You can help by sponsoring a Christmas Angel Giving Tree, hosting a toy drive, donating items and toys, or volunteering to be a red kettle bell ringer. Find out how at Toys for Tots The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program collected 18 million toys and dis- tributed them to 7 million children this past year, spreading the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Participation is as simple as donating a new, unwrapped toy at any number of drop off sites in the valley; a list can be found at Monetary donations are also welcome. 20 December/January 2018 If you were among the 50 million viewers who tuned into the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ® , you might have noticed a group of youths per‐ forming a lively song‐and‐dance number to Irving Berlin’s “This is a Great Country”. The talented young artists that performed this jazzy tribute to America’s military are part of Camp Broadway, a national award‐winning theatre arts enrichment com‐ pany with a chapter at our very own Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Each of the 128 kids in the ensemble were selected by audition video for their ability to captivate an audience of millions. We, of course, are especially proud of the eight local kids who repre‐ sented our fair city! Among them were 15‐year‐old Emma Mathes from Faith Lutheran High School, the daughter of ѥٔTL)ȁɍӊA啅ˊA55ѥɽɕY)!Mݡ͔Ʌѡȁ͕ٕѡɽѡѕȁ)]ɱ]ȁ%$ѥхх́Ց-Ʉ) Ʌѱ䀠Ĥ) 䀠5ͽФ5ɝMѕ݅(Ф5儁]Ф Ʌ呕i Ʌձѥ́)ݕ)Aյ=͡(ȁ踁Ʌ(ĸԁ踁յɕ(ā՝ȁՉ)5Ց՝ȁՉյ)ɕѼՉ)̸͡ѡ)ݥѠѥȸ)ɹ͠ݥѠɅ)5Ʌ͍䰁ͥɕ)Iѕ䁽QɅ䁅(ɕЁMи)) ɽ݅Q́9܁eɬ)QMمѥɵẽqI-ѱt)́܀Ё啅́)ɑѼѡɝѥe)ݕͥєɥ́ѡѥ)ٕȁɅ͕Ը䁵̰)ݥѠͽѕѠ)ɥ̸́