Providing Assistance for Children and Adults in the Community

Desert Sage, an auxiliary of Assistance League of Las Vegas, meets community needs by providing services to local hospitals and clinics through the Angel’s Assistance Program. This program was approved in April 2002 at University Medical Center and was expanded to allow collaboration with additional Las Vegas area hospitals and pediatric clinics.

Memory Boxes, which include a hand-made burial gown and blanket, a book on grief in English or Spanish, and an angel heart pin for the mother, are given to parents who have lost a child at birth. Memory Boxes are given to families at seven area hospitals.

Forever in My Heart grief bags are an extension of Memory Boxes. A book on grieving in English or Spanish, a teddy bear and an infant loss awareness pin in pink and blue for the mother, are given to patients who suffer a loss under 20 weeks gestation in the Emergency Room.

Baby Healthcare Kits and Blankets are given to new mothers and their newborns receiving care at University Medical Center.

Tray Favors: Desert Sage members assemble and deliver tray favor/gift bags to pediatric patients at two area hospitals for different holidays throughout the year.

Shadow Buddies™: Shadow Buddy dolls are provided for children receiving treatment at local oncology clinics. Doctors can write/draw on the Buddies to explain to the children and their families about their condition and treatment. They are designed to be both a friend to take home and a teaching tool.

1,219 Memory Boxes, Tray Favors, Healthcare Kits, Blankets and Shadow Buddies™ were provided in 2022-2023.

These numbers reflect school and agency closures due to COVID-19.