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Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Provides Christmas Cheer to Community’s Most Vulnerable

Loyal community partners assist Catholic Charities this holiday season

with food, resources and toys for children

Las Vegas –Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) planned and coordinated several special holiday happenings this month as it continued to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in Southern Nevada. Highlights in December include:

Fertitta Foundation sponsors community meal at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (Dec. 11)

All were welcomed at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) for a free early Christmas Holiday meal at the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility. Sponsored by longtime supporter the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation and held in memory of Frank Fertitta Jr., CCSN gathered more than 120 volunteers from the Bishop Gorman High School football team and cheerleading squad to help serve members of the community with a nutritious hot meal. Guests were treated to a special serving of chicken parmesan. Students also beautified areas of Catholic Charities’ campus.

95.5 The Bull ‘Gifts for Gas’ toy giveaway (Dec. 17)

On Saturday, December 17, generous community donors and the Gift For Gas Initiative gifted 700 children and registered families of CCSN toys, basic necessities and food for the holiday season. With the help of Founder Sally Bedotto, 95.5 The Bull, Rebel Stores and Electrolit, Catholic Charities received truckloads of toys that were be gifted to CCSN clients. Throughout November and December, Rebel Stores and the Bull team volunteers exchanged gifts for gas cards to source toys from the community. Rebel Stores also made an additional monetary donation to support Catholic Charities’ wider operations.

Christmas Day meal (Dec. 25, 2022 – Media invited for visuals at 9:55 a.m.)

In keeping with a longstanding tradition, CCSN will open its doors on Christmas Day and prepare 650 free meals to homeless and vulnerable men, women and children in the community. The special holiday menu developed by Chef Jun Lao will include beef tamal and chicken enchilada; charro beans and Mexican pasta salad; dessert and hot chocolate. The meal is offered free of charge to all attendees. Interviews from CCSN spokespeople available. ***Interested media can RSVP by contacting

Light the World Giving Machines (Until Jan. 1)

In November, Light the World  Giving Machines opened at Downtown Summerlin. These “vending machines with a twist” allow visitors to choose from a wide variety of items to give to someone in need. Among several local organizations, Catholic Charities donation options range from $7 to $250 and include gifts such as pet food for a homebound senior’s companion, or housing accommodation for a local refugee in Nevada. Donations may be made until January 1.

Other ways to give

Catholic Charities depends on the kindness of our community to continue the pursuit of its mission. Other ways to give include donating a new or gently used coat to Catholic Charities, Burlington Stores or Brooks Brothers, engage in remote services opportunities to help clients of our programs, or make monetary donations. For more information, visit

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About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable — regardless of race, religion or creed.  This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada.  Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 16 programs providing support to more than 4,000 people daily and encompassing four core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services.  Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada.  For additional information, please visit


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