Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals, families and businesses in Las Vegas are stepping up to offer relief to people in the community who are in need of food, services and support. Here are stories about people who are leading with kindness and proving the community is #VegasStrong.
Boutique owner offers self-care kits
Heather Marianna, owner of the all-natural beauty and skin care product line Beauty Kitchen Boutique in Boulder City, is offering free self-care kits to essential workers, including first responders, health care workers and those who work in food service, pharmacies, transportation, warehouses and other fields.
Marianna, who fans may know from the Bravo television show “Tour Group,” Oxygen’s “My Super Shopping Addiction” and MTV’s “Teen Mom OG,” is preparing 200 kits.
“Anybody who is currently working right now is risking not only their own life, but the lives of their family members as well. I am in absolute awe of the incredibly selfless acts of all essential workers, many of which make minimum wage or not much more,” Marianna said. “It’s my way of thanking them and encouraging them to still take care of themselves, both mentally and physically.”
Her kits, which she values at $150, include antibacterial hand and body soap, an all-purpose cleaner spray, body scrub, hand sanitizer and gift certificates, including $50 from Simply Radiant, a heated workout at Hot Worx and a yoga or Pilates class from The Studio Boulder City.
Kits can be picked up curbside at Beauty Kitchen Boutique, 501 Nevada Way, Suite 5, on Wednesday starting at 11 a.m. Workers will need a recent pay stub or valid work badge.
”I wanted to show my appreciation to these front-line heroes by treating them to wellness essentials they can use to stay safe and detox from everything going on in the world right now,” Marianna said.
Boy Scouts collect food
The Las Vegas Area Council of the Boy Scouts hosted its first weekly food drive to help The Salvation Army Southern Nevada on Wednesday.
The Boy Scouts, who hold an annual food drive for the nonprofit in the fall, is holding the “Scouting for Food Drive 2.0” to help fill Salvaton Army food pantries.
Donations of boxed ready-to-cook meals, canned meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pastas and jarred or canned sauce and other items will be delivered to the Salvation Army’s Henderson pantry. The nonprofit’s Pahrump and Mesquite pantries will also receive food as needed.
The “no touch” drop-off food drive will be Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Las Vegas Council offices, 7220 S. Paradise Road.
“I think what Boy Scouts do for the Salvation Army and the families we help is simply amazing,” said Major Randy Kinnamon, Clark County commander for the Salvation Army. “It is wonderful that in this time of crisis for our valley residents, the Scouts have found a creative way to build upon our already strong partnership, assisting us in ‘Doing the Most Good’ for those we serve.”