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Give the Gift that Keeps Giving on the Holidays in Las Vegas

One Warm Coat is a helluva great company.  The national non-profit has as its mission the procurement and distribution of donated winter coats to the needy. 

Recently, One Warm Coat, Burlington Coat Factory and ABC TVs Good Morning America teamed up for a national coat drive that runs through Jan. 15. 

Now’s your chance to do some real holiday giving.  C’mon, Sc rooge, you can do it… 

You can drop of a coat for men, women or children at drop boxes located in Las Vegas at the Burlington Coat Factory at 560 N. Stephanie Street, 5959 W. Sahara Ave. and 4750 S. Eastern Ave. 

For your effort – if helping the needy isn’t enough in these challenging economic times – you’ll also get a 10 percent-off-coupon for Burlington Coat Factory.

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Las Vegas’ New Homeless ‘Leper’ Colony?

A Las Vegas activist has launched a brand new proposal to take the great majority of Las Vegas homeless off of Sin City streets, where they’ve been shunned and put down by politicians and others for decades, and build the first planned truly self-contained, fuly functioning and viable homeless community in the United States. 

It would be located on more than 600 acres, just north of the Las Vegas Valley.  The homeless would be able to live and work there without fear of violence or being kicked out as previously when they take up residence on Las Vegas sidewalks, and especially a homeless area known as “Tent City,” bounding and Main Street and Foremaster, where many men, women and familes used to call their Las Vegas home, but now has been shut down for safety reasons. 

With the homeless now scattered throughout the Valley, homeless activist Dr. Joseph D’Angelo has spent years trying to come up with his plan to help the homeless in a way that’s favorable to Las Vegas.  He unveiled it to local leaders yesterday, including Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, long a detractor to the plight of the homeless. 

“Joshua’s Community — would be the first true homeless community in the nation,” D’Angelo said. 

At the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition meeting, D’Angelo proposed a fully self-contained community, 29 miles north of the city, just outside the Paiute Indian reservation. It’s on government land, and D’Angelo is asking Washington to grant 640 acres of land to build pavilion-style homes, schools and everything a community needs to function– far from being a lepper colony. 

“By moving people out of town, away from the lure of the city, they’re going to hang onto their money,” D’Angelo said. 

And the homeless said a place to get back on their feet is the biggest step. “You don’t know who could be that next entrepreneur. You don’t know who could be that next singer or dancer. It could be the one that’s on the side of the road,” a homeless resident said. 

This community would be funded through private grants and not taxpayer money. The Las Vegas board promised it will look into the plan over the next few weeks.   D’Angelo said he’s confident that he can get this project going as soon as possible. He said he just wants the blessing of the planning coalition to help seal the deal. 

The community is also intended to rehabilitate the homeless.

It is planned to support as many as 15,000 people when fully completed.

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The Shade Tree’s Pre-Mother’s Day Walk to Aid Las Vegas Homeless

Las Vegas is not known for its universal kind, caring and compassionate ways in dealing with its growing homeless population.  Quite the contrary.  So, anytime there is a local fundraising event that helps, Las Vegas Backstage Access likes to lend a helping hand.  

This Saturday, May 9, when The Shade Tree will host a pre-Mother’s Day Walk of Hope to raise funds for their downtown shelter for homeless women and children. 

Proceeds go to The Shade Tree, which provides shelter, food and clothing to more than 3,000 homeless women and 1,000 homeless children each year. 

The “family fun walk” will begin at 9 a.m. at Children’s Memorial Park, 6601 W. Gowan Road, near Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas. 

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12.  For more information and to register, please visit http://www.TheShadeTree.org

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God’s Disciple Runs for Sin City Mayor

Business as usual doesn’t cut it in today’s sour economy.  Getting the support of a higher power hopes to be the winning ticket for John 3:16 Cook.  This week he threw his colorful hat into the ring to run for mayor of North Las Vegas. 

Cook, 76, is a fervent, active Las Vegas street preacher and longtime advocate for the homeless.  After once running a homeless shelter and after several failed prior bids for Las Vegas political offices.  But his marriage of 21 years is still growing strong with Magickal Marissa- a witch, metaphysict and astrologer.

Cook filed his candidacy last Monday.

Vowing an unconvential campaign,  while courageously fighting cancer, Cook’s candidate fact sheet  under the “other information” category, he wrote:  “I will marry, bury, and baptize all!”

John 3:16 Cook joins a handful of other people in the race to replace term-limited North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon in this year’s municipal elections.

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