LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — At the heart of any great nonprofit are great people. But donations, and having a place to put them, are just as important in the pursuit of helping people.
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For most of the year, the Framing Hope Warehouse on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas functions like most warehouses, providing safe storage for HELP of Southern Nevada, and important supplies to other local nonprofits.
The warehouse is home to thousands of pounds of food that will be distributed to hundreds of families in need in southern Nevada. But, for all that food to go from storage to distribution, you need Robert Williams, the manager of the Framing Hope Warehouse.
"We’ve got a lot of hands to help and there’s been a lot of volunteers throughout the last week, not to mention all the donations that have come in," said Williams. "The hardest part of my job is making sure that we can get to everyone that we can get to."
Around the holidays, the warehouse is at its fullest, mostly stocked with toys and turkeys. Between HELP's two holiday programs, Robert oversees all of the ingredients needed to feed local families Thanksgiving dinner.
"Everyone is going to get a turkey. Everyone’s going to get cranberries. We’re putting together mashed potatoes, all the good thanksgiving fixings that everyone loves so much. We are hoping to put together 2,000 bags of food for 800 families to feed this Thanksgiving," said Williams.
Plus, Robert oversees the storage and distribution of donated holiday toys for more than 2,500 hundred local families. But, he just wants to credit his coworkers for all their hard work.
"This time of year, they spend so much time away from their families to help make this happen for everyone else and it just makes me really proud of what these guys do and the sacrifices that they’re making," said Williams.
And he made sure to thank the volunteers for even making it possible, during a pandemic, to provide hope this holiday season for so many families.
"If it wasn’t for these volunteers, there’s no way we could do this. I’ll be honest, the most rewarding part will be on Monday the 23rd when we’re actually handing the turkeys out to everybody and people are coming up and saying, 'hey, thanks a lot. Thank you so much for helping us out and everything.' That makes all the long days and long nights worth it," said Williams.
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