LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In 2015, Shawna Gonzalez and her husband saw there was a need in our community and wanted to do something about it.
"It kind of just started in the back of our truck after church feeding the homeless down on Foremaster Lane," she said.
In the five years since, the Gonzalez' have greatly expanded their reach, but the goal remains the same to help people make ends meet.
"If we could help people with groceries, maybe we could help them stay in their house a little longer, pay their bills and we could just help them with their food," she said.
Their nonprofit Project 4 Humanity now partners with several companies and organizations -- local and national -- to pass out about 20,000 pounds of food and other necessities a week. Get Fresh donates healthy fruits and vegetables. Bombas donated 75,000 pairs of socks. The non-profit deliver to seniors, veterans, the homeless, foster organizations, churches and police stations.
"The need is for everybody," Gonzalez said. "It doesn't matter what you drive, what you live in, what you wear, we are all in need right now."
That help extends to Project 4 Humanity's dedicated volunteers too. Karole Wilson is disabled and has a big family.
"My family wouldn't eat without her help," Wilson said. "We give and she gives back. We sweat like we're sweating today but we get she always makes sure that we're taken care of too."
While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in one or another, Project 4 Humanity has continued its important work. That's why the Gonzalez' are our Vegas Stronger Champions.
"To us, it's really nothing. It's something we're supposed to do so that's why we do it," she said.
Vegas Stronger Champion is sponsored by Findlay Automotive.