CREATED Jan. 24, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Most kids LOVE the weekends -- no school and no alarm clock. But no food? That's the reality for hundreds of our kids and Stations Casinos is trying to change that. It's their commitment to doing so that is making Las Vegas a better place to live.
We were there as volunteers delivered box after box of food to Hollingsworth Elementary School. This school has a lot of underprivileged kids, many who attend Saturday school to try and keep up. The school realized they not only needed to offer the extra day of education but also bags of food these kids could take home with them to get them through the weekend.
Principal Diana Albiston says weekends can be hard on her students. "Yes, for some of them it's very hard. They have no heat. No food in the fridge. Nothing on the weekend. Cold and hungry. So any little bit we can give our kids, that's what we do."
All of the food is kid-friendly -- things that don't need to be cooked and things that are easy for the kids to open themselves. And it all comes from Sunset Station. Vice President and General Manager Mark Tricano says they are delivering 3,900 items today. "We're part of the community so from our perspective, it's not that difficult to get our team members involved in drives like this."
Stations Casinos has taken 10 high-needs schools under its wings. They provide money, clothing, food, supplies, and even gifts around the holidays. Since the program started, they have given approximately $2.4 million dollars to local at-risk schools.