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Tresco, Inc. gearing up to help less fortunate during holidays


Among the many services that Tresco, Inc. provides to the children and adults it serves are programs to brighten their Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The Las Cruces nonprofit is welcoming community support for three of these programs: Thanksgiving baskets it prepares for member families, its Christmas toy drive for children and its Angel Tree program for adults, said Tresco, Inc. Community Engagement Manager Stacie Allen.

“The gathering of donations for toys and gifts for the children and adults that we serve is so impactful because for many of our recipients these are the only Christmas gifts they receive and we are so grateful to be able to provide that every year for the families we serve,” said Tresco, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sylvia Washington.

Here is more information about each program:

Children’s Services

  • Thanksgiving baskets. Tresco, Inc. provide 20 to 30 turkey-dinner baskets for families in its programs who do not already receive assistance, Allen said. It welcomes donations of grocery gift cards in any amount. The deadline to donate is Thursday, Nov. 18.
  • Christmas toy drive. Tresco provide toys for children in its programs and their siblings, Allen said. It welcomes donations of cash, gift cards and/or new toys for infants to teenagers, male and female. The deadline to donate is Wednesday, Dec. 8.

For more information about the Thanksgiving baskets and toy drive, contact Tresco, Inc. TOTS Early Intervention Program Manager Cathy Gonzales at 575-527-4920 and cgonzales@trescoinc.org.

Adults Services

The Angel Tree program “is centered around our adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities,” Allen said, which currently includes about 70 people. “At Christmastime, we gather information from the staff that work directly with them to find out what types of fun things they like, which can be anything from arts and crafts supplies to gift cards to their favorite store or restaurant. A Christmas tree is erected in the Tresco building, one with angel ornaments that represent each individual. The ornament has identifying information about the individual and the gifts they would like for Christmas. We make every effort to ensure that every individual receives an Angel Tree gift. They get so excited to receive their gifts.”

Tresco “will happily accept any cash donations to assist with purchasing any remaining gifts that are needed” for the Angel Tree, Allen said. “The Angel Tree is so important because a lot of our adults don’t have family around them or at all. Tresco serves as their family in many ways, which is why we take so many strides to make the holidays for them so enjoyable and meaningful.”

The Angel Tree likely will go up at the beginning of December, Allen said. The deadline for donations is Wednesday, Dec. 8. Members of the public can go by Tresco to take an ornament, buy a gift and return it, or they can make a cash donation so gifts can be bought by Tresco staff.

For more information about and to donate to the Angel Tree program, contact Tresco, Inc.  Community Support Services Coordinator Stacie Valdez at 575-644-6535 and svaldez@trescoinc.org.

You can also take gift cards, cash or checks, toys and other donations to Tresco, Inc., 1800 Cooper Loop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact Stacie Allen at 575-528-2206 and sallen@trescoinc.org.

Visit www.trescoinc.org.

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