Catholic Charities receives largest food donation of the year

A Henderson communications firm collected nearly 20,000 food items in a Thanksgiving food drive for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

MassMedia Corporate Communications, a Henderson public relations and marketing firm, gathered 19,584 nonperishable food items during its annual Thanksgiving food drive. Catholic Charities estimates the food, which is one of the largest donations they have received all year, will help feed 1,088 homeless people this holiday season. The nonprofit will use the food to stock the shelves of their community food pantry.

“It’s so rewarding to see a generous group like MassMedia come together, involve the community and change lives,” Catholic Charities spokesman Leslie Carmine said. “Their support allows us to provide compassionate service to hundreds of families this holiday and to provide those less fortunate with something special for the dinner table.”

The nonprofit sees about 300 people each day and is seeking 1,000 turkey donations to help those in need have Thanksgiving dinner.

The competitive food drive took place over three weeks, and the City of Henderson, Blue Ox Central and B-Fit Training each contributed over 500 items. Other major contributors included Remedy’s Tavern, The Fitness Source, Henderson International School and Nevada Health Co-Op.

“We are committed to making a difference in our community and look forward to helping organizations like Catholic Charities for years to come,” said Paula Yakubik, managing partner of MassMedia.

Contact reporter Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and (702) 383-0381. Follow him on Twitter @WesJuhl.