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Walker Furniture's 24th 'Home for the Holidays' will help 35 families this year

Walker Furniture is seeking nomination letters to assist individuals and families in Clark County in need for the 24th “Home For The Holidays” program. (Photo provided)

Walker Furniture is seeking nomination letters to assist individuals and families in Clark County in need for the 24th “Home For The Holidays” program.

The search this year will provide 35 recipients (up from 30) with an entire houseful of new furniture, according to a news release.

Partnering again with Walker, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is the preliminary committee reading all the letters. Their expertly trained staff visit and identify the nominated families evaluating the most genuine need. Las Vegas Rescue Mission supplying food and toys along with support from other vendors and community entities.

Nominating letters describing a person or family’s situation come from anyone in the community including teachers, health care professionals, social service workers, clergy, friends, neighbors, and family members.

Running the gamut of extraordinary situations, recipients have usually endured a variety of hardships such as: single-parent households with financial difficulty; families with children suffering from physical or mental disorders; the loss of homes and belongings from fires; and families affected by illness, domestic violence or sexual abuse are just some examples.

Examples of past heart-wrenching stories include: four minor children being raised by grandparents because their mother was shot and killed by their father; a single working mother of five unable to provide her family with beds, chairs or a dining table; and a single-parent family of five with one child having a brain injury requiring ongoing therapy and the entire family sleeping on the floor.

Letters must be received by Sunday, Dec. 3, to be reviewed by the outside, independent panelists. Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a local nonprofit organization servicing seniors with free assistive services, will read and verify the thousands of letters received. An Executive Committee comprised of Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, other community leaders and local media personalities will make the final selection for the 35 recipients, who will be notified the week of Dec. 11.

Furniture delivers will begin Friday, Dec. 15.

Letters should be sent to:

Larry Alterwitz, CEO

Walker Furniture

301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89106

FAX: 702.384.7772

Letters can be mailed by U.S. Postal Service, faxed, hand-delivered or emailed to submissions@walkerfurniture.com. Letters can also be submitted online by visiting the Walker Furniture’s website www.walkerfurniturehomefortheholidays.com.

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