2021 Fill the Bus Toy Drive

The Lerner and Rowe Gives Back team was in North Las Vegas supporting the Las Vegas Metropolitan and Clark County School District Police Departments’ 8th Annual “Fill the Bus” toy drive.

Over a six-hour period, officers from LVMPD, CCSD PD, and Nellis AFB Security Forces collected thousands of toys to be given to Clark County School District students.

If you weren’t able to make it to the December 4, 2021, event, we’ll be back at it again on December 11, 2021, at the Target located at Boca Park.

McKenna Youth Foundation’s 2021 Annual Children’s Holiday Party

Over a Decade-Long Partnership 

McKenna Youth Foundation's 2021 Annual Children's Holiday Party

For over 10 years now, our team has enjoyed assisting the McKenna Youth Foundation assemble children’s bikes, as well as sort food and household items to be gifted to disadvantaged Phoenix youth and their families during its annual Holiday Party. In fact, this event has become a tradition that our team looks forward to taking part in every year. 

Holiday Party and Bike Giveaway for Families in Need

The McKenna Youth Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization. Every year, it holds an annual holiday party and bike giveaway at Aunt Chilada’s Restaurant to provide food, clothing, books, toys, household items, and bicycles to qualifying low-income families. To date, the foundation has positively impacted more than 3,300 families and over 10,850 children. 

Learn more about the McKenna Youth Foundation and the volunteer and contribution opportunities available at mckennayouthfoundation.blogspot.com.   

Captured moments from the 2021 McKenna Youth Foundation’s Holiday Party:

Chicago Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back held a successful Chicago Thanksgiving meal giveaway on November 23, 2021 at the Pullman Community Center. Together with our partners from the Chicago Police Department’s CAPS program and Jewel-Osco, we were able to distribute 1,000 frozen turkeys and side fixings just in time for the holiday.

In addition to helping families with their holiday meal, our Chicago Thanksgiving meal giveaway featured snacks and refreshments for everyone in attendance, as well as sports activities for the kids. Rumor has it that Lerner and Rowe Gives Back’s Glen Lerner dusted off his turf boots and showed off his soccer skills.

Tucson Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Tucson Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

On Monday, November 22, 2021, our team gave away another 750 Thanksgiving meal packages in Tucson at Manheim Tucson. With each car that lined up, our hearts grew fuller because not only did we get to personally hand out bags stuffed with traditional Thanksgiving meal goodies, we were also on the receiving end of one of the most priceless gifts ever– beaming smiles full of happiness!

So, THANK YOU, Tucson, and all of our team members and volunteers who helped make this Thanksgiving an extra special holiday.

Photos from our 2021 Tucson Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway:

Phoenix Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Phoenix Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Another city, another fantastic day of giving back! We are extremely grateful for the good spirits and patience of those who attended our Phoenix Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway at the Phoenix Metro Auto Auction. This was our third giveaway for 2021 and our team couldn’t have been more excited to help local families prepare for the upcoming holiday.

Each of the 750 packages that we gave away was full of goodies to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as a bunch of love and goodwill from our team. The holidays are not the only time we give back, but they do give us another opportunity to reconnect with our neighbors and wish them well in a more personal way.

Photos from the 2021 Phoenix Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway:

North Las Vegas Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

North Las Vegas Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back team was at it again! We held round two out of the five planned Thanksgiving Meal Giveaways for 2021 in North Las Vegas at Manuel Cortez Elementary School.

Along with our community partner with the Clark County School District Police (CCSPD), we passed out 1,000 frozen turkeys with side dishes; enough food for a family of six to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.

“Kevin and I really enjoyed serving together with our staff and the incredible officers of the CCSDPD to help 1,000 families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal together. We love giving back into the communities as well as seeing so many smiling faces. It warms our hearts to consider that we are able to help families, who likely wouldn’t otherwise share a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together. This is our way of wishing Las Vegan’s a Happy Thanksgiving.” -Glen Lerner

Photos from the 2021 North Las Vegas Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway:

Albuquerque Thanksgiving Giveaway 2021

Albuquerque Thanksgiving Giveaway 2021

We’d like to share a special thank you to all who came out to our Albuquerque Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway at The Pit on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Thanks to the help of our team and other volunteers, we successfully gave away 750 Thanksgiving packages.

It’s our hope that our contribution to local families will add to the festive spirit of the season and make it possible for them to enjoy a traditional holiday meal with their loved ones.

Photos from Lerner and Rowe’s Albuquerque Thanksgiving Giveaway 2021: