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Helping Those Who Help Others in Carson City

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In Carson City, "Advocates to End Domestic Violence" is an open door and safe harbor for battered women, who usually come in scared. Executive Director Lisa Lee told us, "When you hear shelter, your mind automatically goes to something dark and scary, barrack-style, lots of bunk beds."

It takes a lot of courage for abused women to walk into a shelter. That's why it doesn't look like one…it looks more like a comfortable home. Their food comes from donations, and that generosity is important. For someone coming from a bad situation, kindness is something victims like Amoreena Victorine of Carson City needs to see. She told us, "When I got here and learned about everything was donated by the community, it was very heartfelt, that people in our community do care so much."

Down the road, there's FISH, which stands for "Friends in Service Helping". Executive Director Jim Peckham runs through their wish list: "Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruits and vegetables, pork and beans, macaroni and cheese. Those are the sort of things that seem to be things we run out of the most."

They hope for a lot of those cans. Too many people need help who never expected to. People like Lawrence Johnston, who's unemployed and just one year ago never pictured himself needing a bag of food. As he told us, "It's something that never even crossed my mind. You know, the way the economy's been and everything...lost my job."

It's busiest there when jobs are few and the weather is cold. The same can be said about the Ron Wood Resource Center, also there to serve the capital city's needy. Executive Director Joyce Buckingham told us, "Our food bank is an emergency food bank. We offer 2 to 3 days supply of food for a family, and 50% of who we serve are children."

While unemployed parents are struggling with rent money and utility bills, they often cut back on food for their family. Linda Couch is a good example. She came in for "Food that at times I needed for my grandchildren. Clothing, anything that you need, you need not be embarrassed coming down here."

3 places...3 lifelines to get folks over their rough patch in Carson City.

You're welcome to donate food for the food bank during our 20th annual "Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive." It's all day long this Friday from 5:00am until 6:00pm. Stop by the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, the Governor's Mansion in Carson City or the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. You don't even have to get out of your car, and we will make sure your donations get taken care of.

-written by John Potter

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