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'Upcycled' sports banners used to give hygiene essentials to homeless in Las Vegas

Posted at 8:09 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 01:43:54-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — AT&T employees partnered with the City of Las Vegas on Monday to fill bags of hygiene essentials to hand out to those in need.

Employees met at Las Vegas City Hall and filled draw string bags with essentials for the city's homeless population. A total of 1,000 homeless kits were made.

The bags, which are part of AT&T's Banners to Backpack program, are created from upcycled banners used at AT&T sponsored events. A portion of the bags used were produced from banners associated with the WNBA All-Star game in Las Vegas.

This initiative is part of AT&T Believes, a company-wide program that connects employees with the their community and causes that make an impact for the local residents.

Believe Las Vegas launched this summer and has since contributed more than $300,000 to nonprofits working to support and combat the issues of youth homelessness by providing guidance, resources and volunteer support to create change.

This effort is also overseen by The Mayor's Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that provides corporate and individual donors with an avenue to support programs that enhance quality of life for the most vulnerable residents in Las Vegas.

The city's Courtyard Homeless Resource Center open 24/7, is one of many programs supported by The Mayor's Fund.

It offers one-stop access to medical, housing and employment services through a variety of partners.

The initial phase of the Courtyard opened in 2017, and now the city is working to expand the property to provide even more services for homeless Las Vegans.