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“At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”
So said a wise man said in Charles Dickens’ December 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas,”
During the next several weeks, The Bulletin will present information on ways you can help those in need in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County during the holiday season. And remember, every donation helps; no gift of money, time or supplies is too small.
- U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots of Doña Ana County collects new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages birth to 14 in more than 150 donation boxes countywide. It hopes to provide toys to 5,000 needy children in 2020. Especially needed are soccer balls, basketballs, games and other toys for children age 8 and older. Coordinated by Rotary Club of Las Cruces and El Perro Diablo Marine Corps League Detachment #478 of Las Cruces, through Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch school districts. Contact Patty Groth at 575-202-6185 or U.S. Marine (retired) Joe Montoya at 575-571-7728. New email address is email@example.com. Visit http://las-cruces-nm.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donate-toys.aspx and find them on Facebook (Las Cruces Toys for Tots). Mail monetary donations to Rotary Club of Las Cruces, P.O. Box 1912, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004. The late Jack and Peggy Petrowsky started Toys for Tots in Las Cruces in 1998, providing toys to 65 children that year. The program provided 10,543 toys, books and stocking stuffers to 4,813 children in 2019. “With COVID-19, more families are in need, not all businesses with collection boxes are open or seeing the traffic they’ve seen before,” Groth said. “We need help from the community.”
- 26th annual U.S. Bank Las Cruces Coats for Kids needs new/gently used coats for children ages birth to fifth grade; drop off at 101 Gold, 101 Perkins Drive; Comet Cleaners, 2001 E. Lohman Ave., 2497 N. Main St. and 555 Utah Ave.; D2Designs, 101 Perkins Drive Ste. B; and U.S. Bank, 277 E. Amador Ave. and 3790 E. Lohman Ave. Send cash donations to Coats for Kids, c/o U.S. Bank, 277 E. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. 88001. Call Coordinator Karen Bailey at 575-636-6706. Coats for Kids hopes to provide 3,500 coats to children selected by Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch school districts in 2020. The 2020 drive continues all year. Coats for Kids has provided more than 55,000 coats to needy children in the past 25 years.
- Salvation ArmyLas Cruces Corps needs canned/pre-packaged food, frozen turkeys, toys. Deliver to 1590 California Ave. or call Dee Dee Varner at 527-524-1044. Send donations to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1423, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004. Emergency services for families in need: food: noon-3 p.m. Thursdays, used clothing/utilities/rent assistance (if available): 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays. ID and utility bill required to prove Doña Ana County residency. Volunteer for holiday bell ringing (Sunday, Nov. 8-Thursday, Dec. 24.) at 1590 E. California Ave. or call Capt. Noel Evans at 575-524-4713. Christmas gifts needed for low-income children; call the Angel Tree Program at 575-524-4713.
- Saturday, Dec. 5: Toy Drive, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., old K-Mart parking lot, 1900 Bataan Memorial East; to be in the drive: arrive by 10:30 a.m. and bring at least one boy and one girl gift valued at $10 or more each; gifts also accepted at Rudy’s Bar-B-Que, 1020 N. Telshor Blvd., Salvation Army main location and thrift store, 220 E. Idaho Ave. Also seeks donations of new and gently used items. Drop them by or call 575-524-1590 for pick up. To volunteer for other programs, call 575-524-4713. Contact Capt. Michael Evans at 907-723-0238 and Evans@usw.salvationarmy.org, Capt. Noel Evans at 907-209-5491. Visit http://lascruces.salvationarmy.org/ and www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyofLasCruces. Thrift Store at 220 East Idaho Ave., 575-524-1590, www.facebook.com/TSAFamilyStoreLasCruces.