The calendar moves fast in the meetings & conventions industry. Although it seems like only yesterday when attendees and exhibitors were all asking us how we live in Las Vegas during the summer when the temperatures were soaring past 110 degrees, the desert winds have arrived signaling that Holiday season is here. For all of us at Las Vegas Expo Complete Show Services, the Holidays are a time for reflection, spending time with our family & friends and most importantly, to Give Thanks for all we have been blessed with.
Like all families (our work family and loved ones at home), we have had a year filled with happiness and joy. We have celebrated engagements, marriages, births and milestone birthdays and anniversaries. Yet, also like all families, we have experienced our share of loss and sadness with loved ones and friends passing, struggles with health issues and divorce. Upon reflection though, we have had so many more blessings than troubles and infinitely more reasons to be Thankful.
It’s been a great and record volume year for Las Vegas Expo which makes it important for us to remember that there are too many people and families that are struggling. In our community and yours, the Holidays are not joyful celebrations and parties, filled with bounties of food, gifts and good times for a staggering number of people.
Helping people is what we do when we are working with our clients, exhibitors, facilities and each and every person we encounter on a trade show exhibit floor or at a Corporate meeting. Especially at the Holidays, we feel it is our joyful duty to help those less fortunate. Our staff has participated in the recent Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk event in downtown LV. Our team members also organized a Blood Drive in conjunction with the Las Vegas Chapter of EDPA.
We are also grateful to be able to participate in the Las Vegas Hospitality Association’s charitable efforts. There are 300 kids that need our help this year during the holidays. LVHA has chosen Dr. Claude G. Perkins Elementary School for the 8th annual “Fill a Bag with Cheer” Holiday program. LVHA members have the opportunity to choose a child and fill a large holiday bag with a list of needed items that are unique to the child you choose. The list includes items such as: shoes, coats, shirts, socks, blanket, gloves, hats, school supplies, books, toys s and healthy snacks. We are told about the child’s favorite character and color so we can make the items specific and special.
Shopping for our new friend Jeremiah was gratifying and bitter sweet at the same time. It made me appreciate how fortunate I am to have a healthy family, a wonderful job, a closet full of clothes, a stocked pantry and fridge and the ability to eat massive quantities at the upcoming Holiday feasts. It made me realize that not everyone can just go and buy gifts for loved ones and friends. It made me stop and think about the circumstances of this 4th Grader’s daily struggles. We hope that this small bit of resources and effort extended brings Jeremiah the warmth of knowing that people care about him while providing him lots of necessities and some toys.
There are countless families and kids like Jeremiah that desperately need our help. We encourage all of you to participate in this season of giving Thanks by helping bring smiles, a good meal, fun toys and some warm clothes to those in need. We guarantee it will make someone very Happy and give you a real Giving of Thanks.
Wishing all of you, a Happy Holiday season and a New Year of good health, family fun and prosperity.