As part of its ongoing efforts to give back to the community, Boyd Gaming recently donated thousands of cases of toiletries to local organizations that help the homeless and underprivileged in the Las Vegas Valley.
Boyd Gaming’s effort included more than 558,000 units — 2,763 cases combined. The items were surplus materials left over after the Company rebranded some of its in-room toiletries.
The Company contributed individually wrapped soap, conditioner and body lotion to local organizations such as Catholic Charities, The Shade Tree and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
Deacon Tom Roberts, the President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, said donations of this type help his organization defray the substantial costs of such supplies.
“We take in more than 500 men each night and an average of 250 during the day,” Roberts said.
“With a company like Boyd Gaming, they’re a large organization with thousands of rooms,” Roberts said. “We can really make use of these products. They are really appreciated. If we don’t have donations, we have to buy them.”
Homelessness is a big issue for Roberts, who works with state and local authorities to tackle the problems of addiction and mental health, which he called “chronic reasons for homelessness.”
The Southern Nevada Homeless Census in January counted almost 6,500 people living on the street and in shelters, an increase from the previous year, but less than the 2015 record of 7,509
The ultimate goal for Catholic Charities, which has served the Las Vegas Valley for more than 75 years, is to help those who are able to start a new life, Roberts said.
WestCare Foundation, Connect 365 Courtyard, The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada were also beneficiaries of Boyd Gaming’s donations.
The program also aided underprivileged youths at Clyde C. Cox Elementary School and Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School.
And it will assist the Clark County School District’s School-Community Partnership Program by helping CCSD’s Family and Community Engagement Services and providing items to Project 150, an organization serving homeless students.
For more information about Boyd Gaming’s charitable giving efforts, please visit http://boydgaming.mediaroom.com/CSR.