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Humans: Many ways to help those in need during the holidays


Every year, the Las Cruces Bulletin publishes a series of stories on ways to help those in need in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. This is the third in a series that will include many nonprofits that would welcome your donations of money, food, clothing and other items, and also your time as a volunteer.

  • Jardin de los Niños opened in 1995 and supports homeless/near homeless children and families. In addition to its Adopt-A-Family campaign, Jardin will accept in-kind donations and items it needs most: diapers and pull-ups (especially sizes 4, 5), baby wipes, cleaning products (sanitizing sprays, wipes), hygiene products (soap, shampoo, conditioner, Q-tips, etc.), zipper storage bags (gallon and quart sizes). Donations accepted during regular hours Monday-Friday and by appointment at 999 W. Amador Ave. (Mesilla Valley Community of Hope). Volunteers welcome. Call 575-522-2111, email info@jardinlc.org. Open 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Mail donations to Jardin de los Niños, 1300-G El Paseo, PMB #272, Las Cruces, NM 88001. Donate at www.jardinlc.org. La Tienda de Jardin, 335 La Colonia Ave., open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on select Saturdays, welcomes donations of new, gently used women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, household items, regular hours or by appointment. Call 575-541-9746. Friday, Dec. 15, is the deadline to donate to EXIT Realty Horizons Jardin fundraiser. $5,000 in donations earns a $5,000 match from EXIT Realty Corp. International. Donate at www.donationjardin.org.
  • Fourth annual Foster a Senior Program hopes to provide 50 care packages to seniors at a Las Cruces facility and 50 care packages to local homebound seniors. Mail cash donations to Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter, 141 Roadrunner Pkwy, Suite 133, Las Cruces, NM 88011. Donations needed for care packages: large-print word puzzles, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, lotion, fuzzy socks, adult coloring books/colored pencils, tissues, canned soup, canned fruit, coffee, cocoa, tea. Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 12. Contact Penney McClarin, 575-520-8039, pcmcclarin@alz.org, for drop off or pick up.
  • Gospel Rescue Mission provides support and services for the homeless. Greatest needs are winter coats and caps, blankets, socks, men’s and women’s underwear. Donations of turkeys, hams, green beans, corn, yams, fixings needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. GRM provides thousands of meals and overnight lodging to men, women, children; provides new shoes and clothes to hundreds of children for back to school. Take donations to GRM, 1050 W. Amador Ave. Donate at www.lcgrm.org or mail to Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 386, Las Cruces, NM 88004. Visit Rock of Ages Thrift Store, 1420 S. Solano Drive. Visit www.lcgrm.org and www.facebook.com/lcgrminc. Volunteer/large-item pickup: 575-523-7727. Email lcgrminc@gmail.com. GRM building program: first building nearing completion; second building is 50-60 percent complete. GRM was founded in 1972 by Rev. Darrel Bean.
  • Tutti Bambini Children’s Store nonprofit (opened 2013) sells gently used children’s clothing, toys and more to benefit local and border-area outreach programs for children challenged by poverty and special needs. Donations of items to sell and cash welcome; especially needed are children’s clothes, sizes 2T-8, girls’ sizes 10-16, all sizes of coats, heavy jackets, pajamas, clothes for ages nine months and older, Christmas toys. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 300 El Molino Blvd., (corner of Alameda and Molino). Sister Beth: 575-640-1997, daddiosister@yahoo.com, Jeanne: 575-556-9752. Facebook @tuttibambinilc. www.meetlascruces.com/Tutti-Bambini-in-Las-Cruces.html.
  • Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico is committed to improving the quality of life in the 12 counties it serves, connecting people to animal welfare, caring for the unhoused, education, arts and culture and more. Contact Diana O’Brien at 575-521-4794, diana@cfsnm.org. Donate: www.cfsnm.org and nonprofitexchange.org/givingtuesday-2023/ (Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28). Mail checks to 2640 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, N.M. 88001. CFSNM houses more than 300 endowments.