The 15 members of the Mustang Youth Team display the Easter baskets they helped distribute. From left to right- Anna Happy, Taylor Garland, Jose Jimenez, Conner Fecht, Lilly Wagner, Noah Guilbault, Vincent Gonzalez, Hunter Nolf, Zane Guilbault, Emma Blondheim, Laura Gomez, Madyson Grenz, Lexie Portillo, Miya Gallagher and Mia Canchola.
The 15 members of the Mustang Youth Team display the Easter baskets they helped distribute. From left to right- Anna Happy, Taylor Garland, Jose Jimenez, Conner Fecht, Lilly Wagner, Noah Guilbault, Vincent Gonzalez, Hunter Nolf, Zane Guilbault, Emma Blondheim, Laura Gomez, Madyson Grenz, Lexie Portillo, Miya Gallagher and Mia Canchola.
Covid-19 has taught us how quickly life can change. The Mustang Youth team wants to help Lovelock weather life’s storms in healthy ways.

The Frontier Community Coalition started the drug abuse prevention group in Oct. 2019. Since then, they’ve traveled to Washington DC for a national conference, survived a pandemic and hosted many events.

Membership fluctuates but currently stands at 15 middle and high school students. They meet at the train depot once a week to plan ways of helping their schools and town.

In Feb. 2021, after a year that left many bewildered, the MYT started their kindness project. It runs through June 2021. 

For each donation, the club promised to perform an act of community service. So far, they’ve received about 35 donations. And, they’ve kept their word.

They’ve cleaned up the strip park, made cards for nursing home residents and decorated mugs for teachers, the police, firefighters and nurses. 

They’ve also stocked the mini food pantry by the train depot where passersby can help themselves, no questions asked.

Recently, the MYT enabled dozens of Lovelock families to share an Easter Day adventure, Covid style.

Last spring, the Lovelock Eagles Aerie 1557 canceled its annual Easter egg hunt due to the coronavirus. It was a blow to the town.

Over the years, the Eagles have hidden thousands of eggs in McDougal Park in time for the Easter morning rush. The tradition started about 25 years ago. Today’s parent or grandparent is yesterday’s egg-hunter.

Those children lucky enough to find a specially marked egg ran to the prize table for a toy, doll or even a bike.

To use an analogy, the Eagle’s hunt is to social distancing as day is to night. They had to cancel again this year, but the MYT stepped into the void.

They stuffed 900 plastic eggs with candy and, upon request, hid them in people’s yards the night before Easter. About 15 families ordered either 50 or 100-egg hunts. The MYT set up the adventure and left, their role completed.

However, on Easter Sunday, the New Life Fellowship Church invited the MYT to hunt eggs at the courthouse park. The youth group brought along their siblings. 

“We had so much fun hiding the eggs,” said a spokesperson.

The Clampers also helped the youth team brighten Lovelock’s Easter. Jesse Lee’s Reno Outpost #14 usually donates Easter baskets to the hunt at McDougal Park. This year they gave 65 baskets to the MYT to distribute.

“We asked families to tell us why it is important to be a drug and alcohol-free family. Then they could pick up an Easter basket,” said Tina Gallagher, the youth group’s mentor and deputy director of the FCC.

The Macedo family summed it up:

“My family is important to me and being drug and alcohol-free falls under that category as part of my love for my family. I want the best for my family and to live a happy and healthy life without drugs and alcohol. I have been around it plenty and don’t want to have any part of it.”

To donate to the MYT, mail checks to the Frontier Community Coalition, PO Box 1460, Lovelock, or follow the link on the FCC Facebook page.



How has the MYT helped Lovelock?

(adapted from the Frontier Community Coalition Facebook page)

Project Sticker Shock: The MYT places stickers on beer warning about the consequences of furnishing alcohol to minors.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: The club posted about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use.

Follow Your Rainbow Treasure Hunt: The MYT hosts many drug and alcohol-free events.

Maintains educational billboards on Main Street.

Made a film about their work to show the Nevada Legislature.

Hosted a parade at the elementary school and much more.