When Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in September, the Las Vegas Dads Group teamed with a local not-for-profit group to help storm victims. Now our Nevada fathers are supporting the same organization as it raises funds for hometown heroes who responded to the tragic mass shooting at a concert there.
The Vegas Dads collected more than 220 pairs of new socks in the weeks following the storm. The group recently donated to them families in need after the Category 5 hurricane slams the Texas coast. Two local businesses, Kangamoo Indoor Playground and Fun Lane Indoor Play, contributed and assisted in the fathers’ drive.
The entire effort was sponsored by Heroes of America Foundation Inc., a nonprofit that provides aid to the men and women who dedicate their lives to public service, such as law enforcement, firefighting, nurses, teachers and social workers. “We are the relief for the relief,” the group’s website states.
Kevin “Spike” Zelenka, founder of our Las Vegas Dads Group, learned of the group’s efforts through his neighbor, a founder of Heroes. “They started collecting donations when they first heard about the path of Hurricane Harvey. I decided that I wanted Vegas Dads Group involved, so we decided to do a sock drive,” Zelenka said.
After the Oct. 1 shooting on the Vegas strip where 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured at a country music festival by a lone gunman, Heroes started a GoFundMe campaign to assist the first responders and their families who assisted victims. The Vegas Dads Group has been promoting that drive through its social media channels.