LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Volunteers were up in the early morning hours Wednesday at Project 150's headquarters packing trucks with boxed meals to feed 2,000 students struggling with homelessness in Las Vegas while trying to complete their education.
Kelli Kristo, Project 150 executive director, said each box was filled with everything a family of four would need to have a holiday meal.
"It's anywhere from homeless too. displaced or disadvantaged high school students," Kristo said. "We work with schools directly to identify the students, they let us know who's in need, and then we provide the box meal for them."
People like John Infantino volunteered to lug the heavy cargo to all 63 high schools in the valley.
"Nobody wants to see these kids homeless," Infantino said. "Without food or clothing or anything else."
He said facing the early morning chill was well worth it for the teens who hope to become tomorrow's community leaders.
"For one, we hope that they can pay it forward later on, and we just hope they can get to where they need to go," Infantino said.
Kristo said their holiday meal drive is one of the largest charitable acts they do every year, but Project 150 is a resource for at-risk students year-round.
The team accepts donations at their offices located at 3600 N. Rancho Drive.