The boxes of shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other daily need items were rapidly put into bags on a December morning as almost 100 volunteers gathered for KMR Group Foundation’s annual event to aid Clark County’s homeless.
The bright red bags, called Essential Packs, were eventually delivered to Share, the Clark County agency that works to end homelessness. Share, in turn, hosts a holiday party and gives the bags to its clients. For many of the men, women and children who attend Share’s party, the Essential Pack is the only present they receive during the holidays.
“We hear stories every year from Share how the people attending the holiday festivities have no idea they’ll be getting an Essential Pack,” said Kate Jones, KMR Co-Founder and Director. “This simple bag puts a smile on their face and lets them know that the community cares.”
Jones said the Share gathering is especially touching for the children, who also get a stuffed animal and a few toys in their bags.
The need for the Essential Packs was great in 2015 as Clark County agencies struggled to deal with a surge in the homeless population. KMR delivered almost 1,000 Essential Packs to Share, an increase of several hundred from previous years.
“Whatever the need is, we look to fill that,” Jones said.