Earlier this month an event to make heat relief kits was held in Las Vegas. The event was arranged by Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix. United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) assisted by connecting with local community partners to prepare and receive the donation of the heat relief kits. Whittley Walker, Vice President of the Beverly E. Coleman Nevada Health Foundation spoke on the importance of the event and our partnership with UWSN.
Volunteers with FedEx helped assemble 360 kits during the event held at Resorts World. The kits included socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush and hand sanitizer. They were then donated to Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) and the Salvation Army. NVHC plans to donate the kits to people in need.
Employees from our Las Vegas Outreach Clinic (LVOC) then picked up the kits from UWSN. When they arrived, the organization donated all the extra items that were leftover from the event, including cases of hand sanitizer and clothing items, to LVOC.
This event occurred just before Governor Sisolak released an Extreme Heat Resource Guide. The guide has resources for people on where to find cooling stations, libraries and public parks to cool down during these hot summer months. The guide is primarily focused on Southern Nevada due to the extreme heat the area encounters. The guide also goes into heat illness prevention and what you can do in case of a power outage. You can find the resource guide here.