FBI Las Vegas Spreads Holiday Cheer to Local Family, School, and Charity
|FBI Las Vegas December 18, 2009|
LAS VEGAS—The FBI will present close to $1,000 in gift cards and other items to a Las Vegas family, school, and charitable organization later today as part of the local office’s ongoing community outreach efforts.
The FBI’s Las Vegas office adopted a neighboring school, Wendell P. Williams Elementary School, earlier this year. The adoption was part of the FBI’s national Adopt-A-School program, spearheaded by FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. While working with the school, Holly James, the FBI Las Vegas Community Outreach Specialist, learned of a family in need whose children attended the school. The family’s head of household recently lost their job, and they did not have the means to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.
Earlier this month, FBI employees donated toys, games, clothing, and cash for the family for Christmas. In addition, Tim and Nancy Wong, owners of Arcada Associates, Inc., also donated items for the family. Tim Wong is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizens Academy and a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy’s Alumni Association. Toys, games, clothing, and gift cards totaling over $700 were collected for the adopted family.
The response was so great that the FBI was also able to purchase gifts for the fifth-grade classes at the elementary school and for a local charity. $60 gift cards will be provided to the three fifth-grade teachers at the school so they can purchase supplies for their classes. Twenty-five $10 gift cards will be provided to the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, or FIT, which is located directly across the street from the FBI’s Las Vegas headquarters building. FIT’s mission is to empower motivated, unemployed, and underemployed southern Nevadans by helping them overcome barriers to financial independence, and to obtain the skills necessary for self-sufficient employment. FIT will provide the gift cards to families in need this holiday season.
The gift cards will be delivered to FIT, located at 1931 Stella Lake Drive, today at 10:00 a.m. The toys, games, clothing, and gift cards will be delivered to the fifth grade classes and the adopted family at Wendell P. Williams Elementary School, located at 1030 J Street, today at 12:30 p.m.