The “Adopt-A-Bear” (now Holiday Bear) Project was created in 1987 because the members of JLLV believed that no child should go without the wonder and magic of receiving gifts on Christmas morning. Now, more than ever, the Las Vegas community is in need of help over the holiday season. JLLV selects three at-risk schools to partner with through the Clark County School District, and school administrators identify which students are the most in need of a little Christmas magic. Then our volunteers go to the schools and personally interview and measure hundreds of Las Vegas children. Each child then becomes a “bear” who is “adopted” for the holiday season. Each child receives ten wrapped gifts of new items from Santa, including a pair of pants, a shirt, a jacket or sweatshirt, a pair of shoes, 6 pairs each of underwear and socks, pajamas, two toys, and an age-appropriate book.


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