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‘Chefs For Kids’ Feeding The Hearts & Tummies Of Domestic Violence Victims

Published on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 (9:07 a.m.)

LAS VEGAS, NV– For the 15th year in a row, ‘Chefs for Kids’ will be serving breakfast to the women and children of The Shade Tree shelter. In addition to receiving a hot breakfast, young guests will be treated to a special visit from Santa Claus, who will hand out gifts. The breakfast will be served on Christmas Eve, December 24, starting at 6:00 a.m., at The Shade Tree, 1 West Owens Avenue at Main Street.

Holidays are difficult for families struggling with domestic violence, especially for those families who have had to leave their homes to escape violence. The Shade Tree is currently home to over 300 women and children.

“We are all so moved by this heart-warming and unforgettable experience,” said Marlene Richter, executive director of The Shade Tree. "The annual Christmas Eve breakfast is a bright spot in an otherwise difficult time of year for many of our women and children, especially those who do not have family or friends to share the holiday season with”.

Local chefs involved with the Chefs for Kids non-profit have been providing this memorable morning for 15 years at Shade Tree. This is just one of several events throughout the year that they participate in at local schools, events and non-profit organizations. The goal of these food industry aficionados is to fine-tune their culinary skills, and show how much they care about those in need in our valley.

About The Shade Tree
For more than 20 years The Shade Tree, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and their pets affected by domestic violence in the Las Vegas valley. As the only organization with an animal shelter on campus, named Noah’s Animal House, The Shade Tree brings families together with their pets and connects them with assistance and services. The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in Nevada and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. To remove any barrier that might prevent a woman from accessing necessary services for her and her children, 100% of services are provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay. To learn more about how you can support The Shade Tree, please call (702) 385-0072 or visit www.theshadetree.org. For the latest news and events on The Shade Tree follow them at https://www.facebook.com/TheShadeTreeLV or Twitter @ShadeTreeVEGAS.


About Chefs for Kids
Chefs for Kids, Inc. (CFK) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating malnutrition and hunger in children through education and awareness. This educational program’s goal is to help children build healthy behaviors while they are young – behaviors that we hope will carry into adult-hood. Eating a healthful diet and maintaining a physically active lifestyle is proven to reduce the risk of chronic disease that can place an economic as well as a physical burden on our entire community. Chefs for Kids educators work with first and second grade students in high-needs schools. Children learn to choose foods that provide the greatest benefit to their bodies and learn about the importance of physical activity. In twenty-three years, the program has educated over 45,500 children. www.Chefsforkids.org



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