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A number of nonprofits serving the less fortunate in the Las Cruces community are always grateful for donations, especially during the current public health emergency.
Here are their “wish lists”:
Gospel Rescue Mission, 1050 W. Amador Ave.: paper filtration masks (N95 or others); hand sanitizer (60 percent alcohol), disposable germ-killing wipes, latex gloves (nitrile) in any size, but particularly large and extra-large; toilet paper; extra-large paper serving plates and plasticware; bread and lunchmeat; paper lunch sacks; laundry soap and bar soap; trash bags.
Donations can be dropped off at the mission’s front gate. Visitors should remain in their vehicles. They will be greeted by a staff member. People struggling with homelessness who are not living at the mission are still being fed three times a day at the gate. Call 575-523-7727. Visit www.lcgrm.org/donations to donate online. Send donations to Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 386, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004.
El Caldito Soup Kitchen, 999 W. Amador Ave. (Mesilla Valley Community of Hope campus): coffee; coffee creamer; bottled water; face masks; hand sanitizer; Styrofoam three-compartment to-go containers; Styrofoam to-go burger containers.
Donations can be dropped off at El Caldito 8 a.m.-1 p.m. any day of the week. El Caldito continues its service during COVID-19. To volunteer at El Caldito, call 575-525-3831. Visit www.elcalditolc.org/donate to donate online. Send donations to El Caldito Soup Kitchen, 999 West Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. 88005.
Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, 999 W. Amador Ave.: Executive Director Nicole Martinez said MVCH has the same needs as the Gospel Rescue Mission, in general: face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves, soap, toilet paper, paper plates, plasticware, lunch sacks, bread and lunchmeat and trash bags.
Donations can be taken directly to the facility. MVCH includes Camp Hope Tent City. Call 575-523-2219.
Visit www.mvcommunityofhope.org to donate online. Send donations to Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, P.O. Box 16526, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004.
Jardin de los Niños Childcare services for homeless and near homeless children ages six weeks to 10 years, and their families, 999 W. Amador Ave. (Mesilla Valley Community of Hope campus): hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and spray, gloves, baby wipes, sunscreen, bug spray/mosquito repellent, markers, scissors, glue, diapers in sizes four and five, Pull-Ups (training diapers) in sizes 2T and 3T, baby formula, baby food, hand soap and digital thermometers.
The items can be taken directly to Jardin, and are needed “to help us replenish our stock as we have sent these items home with our families during our closure for COVID-19,” said Jardin Executive Director Michelle S. Adames, Ph.D. Call 575-522-2111.
Visit https://jardinlc.org/ to donate online. Send donations to Jardin de los Niños, 1300-G El Paseo Road, PMB 272, Las Cruces, NM 88001.