Prior to COVID-19, each year, over 100 kids were selected in the program and meet in Elko. The kids receive a new coat, go to breakfast with police officers, and take a picture with Santa. They then convoy in emergency vehicles to Walmart, while the kids get to push the buttons for the lights and sirens the whole way. In the past few years, Santa has flown above the convoy in a helicopter. Once they get to Walmart, they grab a cart and shop, shop, shop! The kids get to spend $200 each. The gifts are wrapped by volunteers, loaded up, and the kids are returned home with their gifts.
Similar to last year, the Wendover Nugget hosted a poker tournament in the newly remodeled Ace’s Poker room to raise money for the charity. With health and sanitation protocols in place, all tournaments entrants had a great time, and over $2,000 was raised which will support ten kids from West Wendover.
Due to COVID-19, the program has been modified this year. The breakfast, shopping spree, and convoy will not take place. However, each child will receive a $200 Walmart gift card, $100 Smith’s grocery card, a new coat, and McDonalds breakfast card.
Maverick Cares is honored to take part in this program yet another year to help children in the local community and to support the first responders in this effort. Maverick Cares looks forward to hosting the fundraiser again in 2021.