‘Tis better to give than receive, as it says in some best-selling book. The holiday season brings ample opportunity to contribute to the community, whatever your interests may be. Here’s a sampler platter of ways to give back locally, just in time for Thanksgiving.
For us the phrase “Turkey-Thon” evokes the imagery of sweatband-clad fowls racing through a field. That sort of contest most likely doesn’t exist, and the true meaning of “turkey-thon” probably ruffles a lot fewer feathers. 97.1 KXPT and Channel 8 KLAS-TV will be collecting frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items and monetary donations for Help of Southern Nevada at Smith’s locations across the valley, November 21 through November 23. If you can’t make it out, you can still make a donation on HELP’s website and include “Thanksgiving” in the description box. (Multiple locations, HelpSONV.org.)
You can always count on Crazy Horse III for creative holiday campaigns. November 25 marks the last day of their “Show Us Your Cans” canned food drive benefiting Three Square Food Bank. A donation of five or more non-perishable food items translates to one free drink and the priceless feeling of doing good from inside a gentleman’s club. (3525 W. Russell Rd., 673-1700, CrazyHorse3.com.)
Three Square has also teamed up with online grocer Winder Farms for a turkey drive through December 31. With $37.99 and the click of a button, the bird will be added to your bill and delivered frozen to the food pantry. (WinderFarms.com.)
Throughout November, Casa de Luz has been running its “ThanksGivingBack” campaign, collecting food and monetary donations for the “poor and poor in spirit.” This Sunday, you can also donate your time during a celebration service and fall festival. Visit Facebook.com/CasadeLuzLV for more information on how to get involved. (10:30 a.m. November 24, 2412 Tam Drive, CasaDeLuzLasVegas.com.)
Forego the Black Friday mishegas and start your shopping on Saturday at the Thanksgiving/Holiday Craft & Gift Show at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. Free admission includes a raffle ticket and additional tickets can be earned by dropping off gently used towels and blankets on behalf of the Animal Foundation. Some vendors will also be donating sale proceeds to support canines in need. (10 a.m. November 23, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., LVCraftShows.com.)
If you’re hankering for metal (and we’re not talking tinfoil or flatware), stop by Cheyenne Saloon for the 5th Annual Thrashgiving benefit. Profit from ticket sales wil be given to Rescue Mission and a canned food donation gets you a $1 discount at the door. Enjoy a set from main dish Deathriders, plus six sides including local bands Tyrants of Torment, Orbitron and Deep Fried Orphanz. ($10 advance of $13 at the door, 7p.m. November 23, CheyenneSaloonLV.com.)
Kick up your heels at Roadrunner Country Saloon for Gobble Give. The fundraiser for Family Promise of Las Vegas includes a whole lot to be thankful for: family-friendly hours from 6-9 p.m., then $3 Fireball shots, $2 Coors and Dos Equis, $3 Heineken from 9 p.m.-midnight, plus live music from Jill and Julia. (6 p.m. November 27, 9820 W Flamingo Rd., RoadRunnerLasVegas.com.)