Christmas Early For Less Fortunate Northern Nevadans
It's only July, but over at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission on Fourth Street in Reno, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
It's called Christmas in July and it's an opportunity for those in need to get the help they need.
"It's a little bit of hope in the middle of the summer," said Paul Parent with the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. "Everybody wants to give during Thanksgiving, during Christmas, but in the middle of summer it seems like not a lot of people remember the homeless. What we try to do is show love to the people around here that don't get a lot of that."
Parent told us they usually feed 600 people a night, but Wednesday night, they expect more than 1,200 folks to show up.
The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is decked out in Christmas lights and there's a Christmas tree along with Christmas music.
Even Santa is in the Biggest Little City, putting in some overtime. Santa is handing out presents to the children that show up.
Of course, you have to have a Christmas like meal, so they are serving up turkey, stuffing with all the works.
All of the food is donated and made from scratch. Parent said it's important for folks to help those during a time of need.
"It's a huge thing for people to realize that there are people out here who are needy. They are working, poor or destitute homeless that need a hand up," said a parent.