Bighorns Team Up To Help Northern Nevada's Homeless
Monday night, you can give back and get a free ticket to a Reno Bighorns Basketball game in return.
It's called the Season Of Giving Night and it benefits the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and Saint Paul's Food Pantry.
Anyone who brings an item to donate will receive a free ticket to the game against the Bakersfield Jam at the Reno Events Center.
The Bighorns will collect canned food, toiletries, diapers, caps, gloves and scarves for those who are homeless in our community.
"It's great that all these people have these great resources, but it's also sad at the same time that this many people are in need," said the Team President of the Reno Bighorns, Michael Reynolds. "Just to be able to have one night to give back for us, with all the other events we do is great. We hope a lot of people come out and donate and at the same time take advantage of the free ticket."
The items they collect will be distributed on January 22nd at Project Homeless Connect, where they are expecting between six to seven hundred homeless people.
Obviously the need is great here in Northern Nevada, but it's just a microcosm of what we are seeing nationally. According to a new report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 600,000 people are homeless in the United States.
The good news is that number is down point 4% from last year.
"At a time when families who rent are paying a higher share of their income for housing and the cost rental housing is rising relative to income, it's a hopeful sign that there is a slight decline in the overall level of homelessness and more substantial reduction in veteran and chronic homelessness," said HUD's Secretary Shaun Donovan.