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Helping others in need during the 2020 holiday season


Second in a series. Throughout November and into December, the Bulletin will present information on ways you can help those in need in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County during the holiday season.

  • La Casa, Inc. domestic violence organization needs non-perishable food items, food baskets, coats, blankets, toys, gifts for children of all ages and adults, household items, furniture, gift cards (especially for teens) in any amount, clothing (especially professional for men and women), toiletries; laptops and tablets, books; adopt a La Casa family to buy holiday gifts for. Take items to 800 S. Walnut St. in Las Cruces or 325 First St. in Anthony, N.M., 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Mail cash donations to La Casa, Inc., P.O. Box 2463, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004. Donate online at www.lacasainc.org/donate/. Volunteers also are needed. Contact Henry Brutus at 575-526-2819 or contact@lacasainc.org. Visit www.lacasainc.org. La Casa’s emergency shelter, open 24/7, houses up to 90 people. Opened in 1981, La Casa provided more than 22,000 days of care and comprehensive services to more than 2,000 people last year. This year’s holiday bazaar will be online. Details to be announced.
  • Las Cruces Public Schools’ Project Link Homeless Education Project Link serves about 600 temporarily or permanently homeless students and families each school year. It needs donations of blankets, new or used winter coats (teenage male, female sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL; sizes 5t-16 for boys, girls); warm clothing, warm ups with long sleeves, beanies, gloves, socks, underwear (all sizes: boys, girls, juniors); shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, feminine products, laundry soap, wipes, bath towels and washcloths. Take items to Project Link office at Valley View Elementary, 915 E. California St. Contact Yvette Enriquez at 575-527-5913 or yenriquez@lcps.net or Ray Banegas at 575-527-6688 or rabanegas@lcps.net.
  • Children’s Reading Alliance (CRA) seeks donations of new/gently used books for children ages birth to 8. No religious books. Donate at www.childrensreadingalliance.org or add CRA to your Amazon Smile account. CRA is a volunteer organization that engages local families and community in childhood literacy through Raising Readers Together; First Teacher/Primer Maestro classes for parents, which help families develop literacy-rich homes; Reading Buddy volunteers, who mentor struggling beginning readers; and Summer Books, which distributes 10,000 quality children's books to keep kids reading all summer. Contact Jennifer Alvarado at 575-522-3713 or jalvarado@cralc.org.
  • Project Linusneeds new, washable, handmade quilts, afghans, fleece blankets to give to local children who are ill, traumatized or otherwise in need; blanket-making materials, postage stamps, cash donations, gift cards to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Drop off fabric, yarn, other donations at Sew What’s New, 3961 E. Lohman Ave. #9; Be Sew Creative (formerly Bernina Sewing and Design Center), 1601 E. Lohman Ave.; Joann Fabrics, 1711 E. University Ave.; Threadbear fabric store, 2204B S. Main St. Mail donations to Susan Stoltzfus, P.O. Box 116, Mesilla Park, N.M. 88047. Contact her at 575-526-3695 or sgstolt13@gmail.com. Visit www.projectlinus.org and find them on Facebook.
  • Operation Christmas Child 2020 needs shoe box donations for children worldwide whose families are struggling with terrorism, poverty, famine and disease. No candy, toothpaste, liquids or toys that represent war. Sonoma Springs Covenant Church, 3940 Sonoma Springs Ave. (575-526-4907) is the drop-off center. Donations accepted in Las Cruces Monday-Monday, Nov. 16-23: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Nov. 16, 17, 19, 20, 22: 1-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 18: 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m.-noon; Monday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wendy Travis, 575-635-1621, ilovejafra@zianet.com. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ to donate online and to learn how to pack a shoebox.