LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A Las Vegas nonprofit has created a “Mobile Pantry” to help feed refugees in the valley.
This group has given many a second chance at life. Leila is an African refugee who has been with Lighthouse Charities for almost three years.
“They have the opportunity for us, like food, clothes, shoes, so whatever you want,” Leila said.
Cindy Trussel is the founder and president of Lighthouse Charities, a nonprofit that helps refugees like Leila become self-reliant, but many refugees find it difficult upon arrival in the United States. Many refugees are unable to drive, they face language barriers and the challenge of putting food on the table.
“It’s a humanitarian crisis here in Las Vegas for those who arrive and I think it’s our responsibility as a community to make sure they don’t end up on our streets. “
Trussel answered the call to action. She started a project called “Mobile Pantry”. His organization works with the food bank to help deliver meals to families like that of Pascal Bahati, another refugee from Africa.
“When I get food from here, that food helps my family and my neighbor,” Bahati said.
Trussel says 150 families from Afghanistan and more than 2,000 from around the world are expected to arrive in Vegas in the coming months.
“Many of these families are victims of war and religious persecution and it is our duty to help these families when they arrive,” Trussel said.
She says that not only do we need to take care of those who are already here, but also ensure that there is a stable system for those who enter.
“We were able to assign refugee clients, those who have achieved their self-sufficiency goals will be running distribution sites throughout the valley to help feed these new incoming families,” Trussel explained.
If you would like to help Lighthouse Charities with their new venture, you can visit their website for a link to the list of items they are looking for.
They also need volunteers and if you would like to donate click here to go to their website.