Work at 5 a.m. on a Monday morning cannot be cured with any amounts of coffee, which I found out the hard way this week. Grumbling my way through the morning routine and the drive to the Fill the Bus event that Communities In Schools Nevada (CISN) was hosting, I was unsure of what to expect. What I found was not at all what I had expected for my first event with Kirvin Doak and CISN.
The early mornings in Vegas are wonderful, warm and quiet (who would have guessed?). However, we were not quiet as CISN staff and others were busy setting up for the 12 hour drive. First thing that morning, a large truck pulled up with a group of volunteers to drop off school supplies for local children in need. That one truck load filled almost an entire bus. An entire bus, done by one organization! I was moved, and clearly so was everyone else.
As the day rolled on, people and businesses stopped by to donate what they could for this cause. By the end of the day, almost 2 buses had been filled. This does not take into account the other donations that were received – money, time, dedication and passion. As a result of these donations, thousands of kids will be able to go to school worry free this year.
I have only lived in Vegas for a week, but I cannot be more proud of this new home I have found. It’s amazing how many people came together in the community to help their less fortunate neighbors. Being part of CISN’s Fill the Bus and working with Kirvin Doak to promote this event was truly moving and I look forward to many more events like this one! I am proud to be able to work with CISN and Kirvin Doak.