EVELYN MOUNT: A NORTHERN NEVADA HEROINE

By James Turnage

There are few people who are truly selfless, who only care about others, working tirelessly to help those less fortunate. All too many are willing to give small donations to charities, or churches, but if a personal effort were involved, they would decline.

I thought all the people of Nevada should know about a local northern Nevada heroine.

Her name is Evelyn Mount. She is an 86 year old African American Woman who has worked with the homeless in our area since 1979. She began collecting bags of food and clothing for the needy, using her own home as the staging area, since 1983. She distributes them during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

In November and December of 2011, she collected over 20,000 bags of clothing and food. Her efforts are well recognized by Reno and Sparks residents, and grow in volume every year.

She realizes this year she will not have enough physical area to store donations. She is looking for someone to donate a facility with at least 20,000 square feet of space to be used over the Holiday season.

We have many empty buildings that would fit her needs. I hope someone who is not motivated entirely by profit, will match her love for those in our society who have less than the rest of us. God bless you Evelyn. When your time comes He will be waiting for you with open arms.

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