August 20, 2013
NACDS, Sands Expo and Convention Center Partner to Help Those in Need
Alexandria, Va. – Following the completion of the inaugural National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, exhibitors donated 6,000 pounds of consumer goods to be dispersed to various charitable organizations throughout the Las Vegas, Nev. community.
NACDS worked with Sands Expo to donate leftover products to local non-profit organizations to be dispersed to those in need. Local non-profits will benefit from useful donations, ranging from cosmetics, health and hygiene products, food and beverages, household supplies to other consumer products available in chain pharmacies.
The non-profit organizations that will receive goods from the product donation include:
The Teacher Exchange - Created by The Public Education Foundation, The Teacher Exchange provides free resources to public classrooms, while helping the environment. Thousands of Clark County teachers benefit from receiving a variety of reusable, recycled and gently used materials, supplies and equipment. Since its inception the organization has collected and recycled more than one million pounds of electronic hardware, paper and other classroom materials that would have otherwise been disposed of in local landfills.
The Shade Tree - The largest shelter of its kind in the state, The Shade Tree is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. 364 permanent beds provide over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. The 38,000 square foot facility includes residential areas (sleeping rooms, libraries, training rooms, rest rooms, and children's play rooms), a main floor (kitchen, laundry, restrooms and showers, and services for victims of violence), and a basement for storing donations and shelter supplies. 100% of The Shade Tree’s services are provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay.
Three Square is the only food bank serving Southern Nevada. Its mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Working with more than 600 program partners, Three Square combines food banking (warehousing canned and boxed goods), food rescue (obtaining surplus or unused meats, bread, dairy and produce from hospitality and grocery outlets), and ready-to-eat meals, to be the most complete food solution for Southern Nevada. In 2012, more than 24.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 18.8 million meals were distributed.
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada - VMSN provides quality healthcare to uninsured and unemployed residents of Southern Nevada, including the chronically ill and those seeking preventative care. Current services include adult and pediatric primary care, women’s care, newborn checkups and immunizations, basic diagnostic tests and medications. Future plans include the addition of dental, mental and vision services, as well as the opening of a second facility. In addition to a growing list of referral physicians, VMSN and has affiliation agreements with major teaching institutions and works with national pharmaceutical companies to provide medications for patients.
“During these challenging economic times, we are deeply grateful to the exhibitors at the NACDS Total Store Expo for their product contributions to help those in need in the Las Vegas community,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “We appreciate partnering with Sands Expo to distribute these goods to local non-profit organizations.”
“Supporting our community has always been one of our core values,” said Ashlyn LaPorte, Executive Director of Sands Expo. “Partnering with NACDS has been an amazing experience, and has allowed us provide donations to several leading agencies at an unprecedented level. The number of people who will benefit from their generosity is incredible.”
Another generous donation took place following the 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo. American BioTech Supply donated vaccination refrigerators and freezers to the Southern Nevada Health District - which provides vaccinations to 100,000 children in the region each year. A photo of this donation is available here.