Community support pours into helping displaced neighbors
A lot of people around Las Vegas are stepping up in big ways to help people who've been displaced by the Carpenter 1 wildfire.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A lot of people around Las Vegas are stepping up in big ways to help people who've been displaced by the Carpenter 1 wildfire.
Hundreds of residents are still not able to go home, and so many people in the community are doing what they can to help raise donations, offer discounts and provide free hotel rooms.
"We went right down the mountain without wasting any time, so we came off the mountain with mostly what was on our backs," said Rose Meranto, resident.
82-year-old Meranto had to evacuate her Old Town cabin near Kyle Canyon. She's lived there since 1989, but now she is getting a free hotel room, thanks to the Cannery Casino Resorts.
The hotel and casino is offering 20 rooms at each of their properties, free of charge, for 10 days.
The Westgate Flamingo Bay has placed five families with pets in fully-equipped condo-style rooms. They are hoping to open up even more rooms.
The Candlewood Suites has a "first night free care plan," as well as discounts for extended stays.
"We're here for Las Vegas. Been here 13 years to help in certain situations with displaced people, whatever the case may be," said Garry Dickover, Candlewood Suites general manager.
Hotels aren't the only businesses helping out.
Ferraro's Restaurant on Paradise has a $50 Mount Charleston Relief Menu, with half of the proceeds going to the Red Cross.
"We saw this cloud of smoke. My wife said, 'We have to do something.' We made a call to the Red Cross to see how we could get involved," said Mimmo Ferraro, general manager.
The restaurant is also asking customers to bring water to donate.
Ferraro's special menu started on Wednesday and will continue through July 17. They are also making a pasta and chicken feast for the firefighters on Thursday, which the Red Cross will deliver.
The Animal Foundation is also helping fire victims. On Wednesday, they said they are offering temporary housing for pets of anyone evacuated from their homes on the mountain. They have already taken in 10 evacuated animals.
If this is for you, you can drop off your pets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Animal Foundation office near the corner of North Mojave and East Bonanza.
If you'd like to help the residents who've been displaced, make a donation by clicking here or calling the Red Cross at (702) 369-3674.