RENO, Nev. (AP) - President Bush recognized a Nevada woman for
her volunteerism tonight, presenting her with a pin and chatting a
few minutes next to Air Force One in Reno about the impact of
gambling on homelessness.
Cathy Levine (Luh-VEYEN) of Reno said the president was a "real
nice guy" and "really down to earth" when he gave her the
President's Volunteer Service Award on the tarmac at Reno-Tahoe
She says Bush asked her if there was a homeless problem in
Nevada and she told him there is.
Levine began collecting clothing and blankets for homeless
families who were housed temporarily at a local shelter during a
severe snowstorm in 1989.
She says Bush asked her if the problem is due in part to people
losing their money gambling and she told him yes. She explained
that volunteers help take care of homeless children including many
in foster homes.
Bush arrived at the Nevada Air National Guard base at the
airport tonight just before 7:15. He's scheduled to give the
keynote address about 10 a.m. tomorrow to the national convention
of the American Legion at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
The president is spending the night at the Grand Sierra Resort,
formerly the Reno Hilton hotel-casino. State archivist Guy Rocha
says it marks the first time a sitting president has spent the
night in Reno.
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