BULLHEAD CITY/LAUGHLIN – Some homeless students and their families in the Bullhead City School District will have traditional Thanksgiving meals, following donations by the Aquarius and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin and Hope United Methodist Church in Bullhead City. Eight ham meals were provided by the Aquarius/Edgewater “Feed A Family” program. Hope UMC supplied nine turkey dinners.
Now in its tenth year, “Feed A Family” is a collaborative effort of players donating their points, employees and community contributions. Student homelessness can have many causes: a parent losing a job, domestic abuse, blended family tensions, children thrown out of the house because of sexual orientation, financial crises and other factors.
Some families are sharing homes with relatives; others are in temporary housing, while others are living in vehicles or on the streets.
At any given time, 75 to 200 students are homeless between BCSD and the Colorado River Union High School District, as many families have children enrolled in both districts. BCSD homeless and family liaison Sheree Norris noted that there are currently 63 BCSD students who are legally homeless under the federal McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, enacted by Congress and signed by Pres. Ronald Reagan.
”Our guests and team members at Golden Entertainment love this time of year and our ‘Feed a Family’ promotion,” said Sean Hammond, senior vice president and general manager of Golden Entertainment and the Aquarius/Edgewater. “This year we are seeing more and more new faces donating for the cause that will help us meet our lofty goal of 2,500 to be fed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
“Feed a Family” is assisting 12 non-profit and charitable programs this fall. BCSD is continuing to accept new and gently used clothing as well as cash donations for additional
meals for homeless students, both during the holidays and as needs remain. Additional information is available from Norris at 928-758-3961, x-1026.