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Children in need to receive Easter baskets at first annual Operation Easter Basket


CATHOLIC CHARITIES NEWS RELEASE – In an effort to give our youngest and most vulnerable clients a happy Easter, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is holding the first annual “Operation Easter Basket” pancake breakfast this Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. in our St. Vincent’s Dining Room at 325 Valley Road. Staff and volunteers with CCNN will be distributing approximately 300 Easter baskets to local children up to age 12. The baskets are filled with toys, games and candy, all of which were donated and assembled by generous members of the Northern Nevada Community.

Aside from Easter basket distribution, the event will include a special pancake breakfast, family Easter photos, live bunnies and chicks provided by 4-H, a toy fishing booth, bunny arts and crafts, face painting, free books, a magician and much more. The Reno Aces’ mascot, Archie, is also expected to make an appearance at the event.

CCNN decided to add this event to our yearly schedule after having great success with our similar winter event, “Operation: Stocking Stuffer,” in which we gave away more than 650 Christmas stockings to local children in 2012. Many of the children we serve at our annual events are either living in the Family Shelter, temporary housing, or local motels in the downtown corridor. Most of them are established clients of our Kids to Seniors Korner program, which offers case management for families in need of resources such as food, healthcare, employment and housing.

About Catholic Charities:  Established in 1941, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a Nevada-based, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation operating nine human service programs including:  St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Emergency Assistance Program, St. Vincent’s Residence, St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, Holy Child Early Learning Center, Immigration Assistance Program, Adoption Program, and the Kids to Seniors Korner Program. CCNN is committed to providing help and creating hope in our community. From infants to seniors, CCNN assists approximately 40,000 people per month in the northern Nevada community.

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