9 year-old Blaze Trumble hands out jackets to the homeless at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Blaze started a blanket and jacket donation drive when he was 6 year-old and has continued the charitable tradition ever since.
There were no reported cooking fires in Las Vegas this Thanksgiving, typically the day with the most cooking-related fires of the year, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials said. Last year, there were 10 cooking fires.
From turkey drives to toy giveaways, local nonprofit organizations are gearing up for a busy holiday season, a time when the struggles of Southern Nevada's neediest families often are most acutely felt. Around town, nonprofits are launching holiday-specific programs and expanding year-round services to meet increased demand. “We provide more. The holidays can be hard when you’re by yourself or on the street. They seem to be the time when that weighs heavier on you,” said John Fogal, director of development at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
After several months of increases, gas prices in Nevada are starting to fall in advance of the winter months, according to data released Tuesday by the AAA auto club. Statewide, the average price of a gallon of gasoline decreased 25 cents from last month to $3.68.
Suddenly, it’s that season again, when the business world relaxes just a bit and succumbs to tradition. Business meetings soon will give way to the holidays’ more jubilant gatherings as we wave goodbye to 2012 and join in the optimism of a new year.
With a seemingly fixed spot on the list of the nation’s highest unemployment and foreclosure rates, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we live in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Las Vegas has a lot going for it and each year during Thanksgiving, our sister publication Las Vegas Weekly does what it can to remind us of that by putting together its annual list of the 53 things to be thankful for.
Some are holding potluck dinners instead of springing for the entire feast. Others are staying home rather than flying. And a few are skipping the turkey altogether. On this the fourth Thanksgiving since the economy sank, prices for everything from airline flights to groceries are going up, and some Americans are scaling back.
Most Americans spent Thanksgiving snug inside homes with families and football. Others used the holiday to give thanks alongside strangers at outdoor Occupy encampments, serving turkey or donating their time in solidarity with the anti-Wall Street movement that has gripped a nation consumed by economic despair.