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Thousands of Nevadans Need Help This Christmas

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Our Annual Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive is only a week and a half away.

Until then, we will be previewing a few charities that our drive helps support.

We begin with FISH, also known as Friends In Service Helping.

Some of the food and money that is donated at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City goes to FISH and they help a lot of people with your generosity.

In 2012, FISH helped more than 18,000 people. About 8,200 of those were children.

The number of meals served totaled more than 210,000 last year and they provided more than 15,000 nights of shelter.

FISH also gave away 415 coats.

Executive Director of FISH, Jim Peckham, said he they hold people who receive help accountable.

"We don't believe in being a handout, but giving a hand up. So, if someone comes to our services for more than once, maybe a couple times, then we start setting goals with them and help them take goals toward independence."

Only five percent of FISH's budget comes from government grants.

They rely mainly on good Samaritans.

Peckham said our food drive next week, provides them with enough food and money to help people through March, so he is urging you to come and give anything you can.

"Types of food we typically need the most are high protein, so peanut butter, chili. Other things that are helpful are canned fruits, so people get more of a balanced diet."

To hear more about how FISH helps our community, tune in for my weekend show Face the State Saturday at 4:30 a.m. and Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

If you want to help FISH or other non-profits, you have your chance at our 21st Annual Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive next Friday, December 13th from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

We'll be setup at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, the Grand Sierra Resort and the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.

Written by Chris Ciarlo 

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