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Memorial Day car parade held to raise funds for Las Vegas nonprofit

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Posted at 2:32 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 09:11:30-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas based nonprofit is looking for ways to help more people with less money.

The Kline Veterans Fund typically holds a Memorial Day poppy drive to collect donations in exchange for the flower. It’s their largest public fundraiser, but this year COVID-19 changed their plans.

“We can’t have personal contact, so it is more difficult and at the same time our demands have increased dramatically,” said Les Sherman, treasurer for Kline Veterans Fund.

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The non-profit is bracing itself for the potential that hundreds more veterans will need a helping hand once Nevada’s rent moratorium is over.

“In 30 to 100 days from now, we’re expecting a huge influx of requests for assistance even beyond what we normally get. We need to balance that against reduced income because donations are down and fundraisers have been canceled,” said Stephanie Helms, Executive Director of Kline Veterans Fund.

Skye Canyon community stepped up to create a patriotic car parade. The tour of cars was meant to honor the service men and women who have lost their lives while raising awareness for the veterans who are at risk of being homeless.

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Interested donors can help out online or text Poppy to 44321. Donations go to security deposits and rent for a homeless veteran.

The Kline Foundation’s goal for the virtual poppy drive is $5,000.