Volunteers distribute donated meals to individuals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Desert Breeze Neighborhood Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)

The vacation season, a usually joyous time crammed with social get-togethers, has arrived.

How will it look? How will it really feel? How will it have an effect on already rising COVID-19 numbers?

Prefer it or not, we’re about to seek out out, and this a lot we all know is true:

Thanksgiving gatherings could also be smaller as household and associates attempt to safeguard family members from an unpredictable virus. Meals choices could also be restricted as households expertise financial uncertainty and pandemic-triggered job losses. And for 1000’s extra this 12 months, there could also be an empty seat on the desk due to a father, mom, aunt, uncle, son, daughter, good friend or cousin who died — whether or not it’s associated to COVID-19, a separate sickness or one other tragedy.

So earlier than the feasting and thanks-filled day arrived, volunteers and organizations throughout Southern Nevada tried to ease the silent burdens individuals could also be carrying by offering meals to anybody in want. The autos lined up, and the volunteers donned face masks and different types of private protecting tools. The Nevada Unbiased photographer Daniel Clark captured a few of the scenes within the lead-up to Thanksgiving Day.

A Nationwide Guardsman directs visitors at a meals distribution occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Site visitors congestion as seen at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas, the place COVID-19 testing and a meals distribution occasion have been being held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas distribute donated meals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Cashman Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones distributes donated meals to individuals at a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Desert Breeze Neighborhood Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Volunteers distribute donated meals to individuals throughout a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Desert Breeze Neighborhood Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones distributes donated meals with Congresswoman Susie Lee at a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup occasion at Desert Breeze Neighborhood Middle in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Head Chef Reolito Lao cuts plums for his particular stuffing recipe contained in the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada kitchen in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Gustavo Ramirez cuts turkey contained in the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada kitchen in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Gustavo Ramirez cuts turkey contained in the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada kitchen in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Pumpkin pies await packaging contained in the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada kitchen in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Jennifer Bell cuts up pumpkin pies contained in the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada kitchen in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)
Kandy Miller cuts up pumpkin pies contained in the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada kitchen in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Unbiased)

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