First 'Nevada Hero of the Day' reports over 150 families fed, expresses gratitude

'Over 10,000 pounds of food given out!'
Julie Danner and her helpers are rushing to feed families who have been struggling amid the pandemic.
Posted at 8:26 AM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 13:40:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — After a "very long week" ensuring others in Las Vegas do not go hungry this Thanksgiving, Julie Danner began prepping for her own feast.

"I just put my turkey in the tub to thaw overnight, how about you?" she wrote on Facebook late Wednesday.

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In March, Danner started the Facebook group "Las Vegas/Henderson Coronavirus Community Rescue and Barter" to help provide clothes, food and other items to people in need during the pandemic.

She was recognized as the state's first "Nevada Hero of the Day" by Gov. Steve Sisolak back in April, and her efforts didn't stop there.

Earlier this week, she sat down with 13 Action News Investigative Reporter Joe Bartels about trying to provide for others ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

"It's hard," she said at the time, explaining the needs are outpacing the available help.

On Monday, Danner said she was short about 80 turkeys. Her goal, she explained, was to provide turkey dinners to about 150 families.

It appears she met her goal and then some. Danner is reporting 160 families received Thanksgiving packages.

In her post expressing gratitude late Wednesday night, Danner shared the following update on the community's volunteer efforts:

Here’s what you did:
-- 160 families received Thanksgiving packages
-- 225 Thanksgiving boxes and 75 supplemental food boxes (thank you so much Chefs4Vegas and Cup of Hope Las Vegas!!)
-- 828 Group family members will be enjoying a homemade Thanksgiving meal tomorrow!!
-- Over 10,000 pounds of food given out!
-- Thousands of pounds of food and thousands of dollars donated to purchase food!

To learn more about the Facebook group she started, visit Las Vegas/Henderson Coronavirus Community Rescue & Barter (LVCCR&B).