Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 | 3:40 p.m.
Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Summerlin is lending a helping hand for those less fortunate this holiday season by adopting 50 local families from the Head Start Program, which benefits low-income families throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
On Nov. 16 the congregation began collecting holiday food baskets and gifts for the children in each of the 50 families, which were delivered by members of the congregation to each family's home on Tuesday.
The church also had a Giving Tree until Tuesday and the public was invited to make donations toward one child or an entire family. The Giving Tree had cards with wishes from the children of 50 families — ranging from food to toys and clothing.
The holiday drive has been going on since 1998, said Julie Doyle, a member of the congregation at Desert Spring and one of the coordinators of the effort.
Past gifts have included clothes, shoes, bicycles, skateboards and scooters.
"I'm a big literacy advocate, so even if the kids don't ask for it, I always tell people to give them a few children's books," Doyle said. "Give the gift of literacy."
For more information about the holiday drive at Desert Spring United Methodist Church call 256-5933.
Jeff O’Brien can be reached at 990-8957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.