Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dozens of homeless Las Vegans lined up at Cashman Center to sort through bags of donated clothes, Saturday morning.
It was all part of The Giving Project, organized by Las Vegas police.
"We know people want to give, and we want them to do that. What we are trying to do is give them a safe place to give," Lt. Harry Fagel said.
The event is an effort to encourage people to donate through the proper channels. That's why they are working to set up the event once a month this spring.
"They are right there; you know they are going to go through there. Hopefully some of it fits," Ken Malin said after dropping off several bags of clothes.
Police are hoping the Cashman Center event and other similar future events will encourage people not to stop alongside the road to give to the homeless.
They said that contributes to a lot of the problems they see and trash on the downtown area.
"When those people drive away people start fighting and it becomes territorial and the next thing you know that is where we have our assault and battery," Lt. Malin said.
Police are using the event to educate the homeless about the services available and the residents about opportunities to donate.
Officers are also hoping that some of those organizations on hand for the event, like the Downtown Project, will eventually take over organizing the project.
Police are planning to hold another event at the Eagles Hall on Washington and Bruce on May 10.