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Catholic Charities helps the homeless for the holidays

Spencer Lubitz

Catholic Charities helps the homeless for the holidays

CREATED Dec. 25, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More than 2,000 of homeless individuals in the community spent Christmas morning at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada for a chance to celebrate a holiday that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

A hot plate filled with food awaited those who arrived, many of whom do not know when their next meal will come.

To feed their biggest crowd of the year, Catholic Charities relied on more than 150 volunteers both big and small, like 9-year-old Ryan Scofield, who was in charge of passing out the butter.

“It's like giving thanks for being nice and being really good,” said the 4th grader.

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been in operation for more than 45 years, but for the first time Santa arrived with hundreds of toys and everyone who walked in through the doors, walked out with a Christmas gift of their very own.

“You sit down and you talk to Santa, and he asks you your age, and then he gives you a present,” said Layten Jackson, who arrived at Catholic Charities with his parents and two brothers

It's been a tough road for the Jackson family who recently relocated to Las Vegas with the hopes that a new city would bring them new opportunity.

“It's a good Christmas. I'm hoping to find me a good place to stay soon.  This is a transition right now, we're looking for more places to stay and I'm trying to look for work and everything,” said Merisha Jackson, the boy’s mother.

Next year, they hope they won't have to depend on the kindness of others, but for now, they're happy someone gave them a Christmas to remember.