A group of firefighters and cub scouts dedicated their Friday to providing a meal for homeless teens in Las Vegas.
"We are cooking a Christmas dinner for Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth," said Richard Prisbrey, a Clark County firefighter. "I've got my cub scout pack down here helping me, so it's kind of a give back to the community day."
Since 7 a.m., the volunteers and cub scout Pack 598 stirred up a meal for more than three dozen teens who, for one reason or another, don't have a place to call their own.
"It's wonderful, actually, that there are people out there that want to help," said 17-year-old Vannessa Adams.
The meal was served Friday evening at the William Fry Drop-In Center on Shirley Street.
There, the meat and potatoes was a gift like no other.
"It's very different than the typical, on-the-go fast food meals and frozen meals," said Arash Ghafoori, executive director of the program.
"It kind of wrenches at your heart a little at the same time to have something cooked in the backyard be the best one they ever had," said Prisbrey, who served Thanksgiving dinner to the youth last month.
To say it was a labor of love is an understatement. The volunteers tested their menu three times before dinner service.
"It's definitely heartwarming to know that somebody cares, because a lot of us came from situations where no one really did care - that's why we're in this situation," said 19-year-old Harrison Fields.
Prisbrey, who oversees Pack 598, wants to teach the scouts more responsibility.
"It teaches them to be thankful for what they've got - to give back to the community," he said.
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