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Knights of Columbus deliver coats and cash for Coats for Kids

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Members of a Knights of Columbus councils from throughout Las Cruces and Doña Ana County picked up 100 coats donated by local churches at Holy Cross Catholic Church Nov. 21 for the Las Cruces Coats for Kids program and delivered them, thanks to a ride from Rad Retrocade Pizza Planet to Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM).

The next day, Nov. 22, Knights of Columbus members were at the CAASNM office in Las Cruces to present a check to the nonprofit for the $2,345 the Knights have raised for this year’s Coats for Kids campaign.

“It’s been just a tremendous partnership,” said Dawn Hommer, CEO of CAASNM, which sponsors Las Cruces Coats for Kids in partnership with the Knights of Columbus, D2 Designs, Bravo Mic Communications and Comet Cleaners.

“It’s community driven,” Hommer said.

Also attending the check presentation were Casa de Peregrinos emergency food bank program Executive Director Lorenzo Alba Jr. and US Bank Branch Manager Amy Solar. US Bank’s Karen Bailey, now retired, started the Coats for Kids program in Las Cruces in 1994.

The Anderson Foundation, based in Austin, Texas, is matching all of this year’s donations to Coats for Kids.

The program has collected more than 60,000 coats since it began in 1994 for children ages birth-fifth grade.

To donate to Coats for Kids of Las Cruces, take cash donations to CAASNM, 3880 Foothills Road, suite A, Las Cruces; mail to Community Action Agency, 3880 Foothills Road, Las Cruces, N.M. 88011; or donate online at www.lascrucescoatsforkids.com.

You can drop off new and gently used coats at 101 Gold radio, 101 Perkins Drive; Comet Cleaners, 1) 2001 E. Lohman Ave., 2) 22497 N. Main St., 3) 555 Utah Ave.; D2 Designs, 101 Perkins Drive, suite B; US Bank, 1) 277 E. Amador Ave., 2) 901 E. University Ave., 3) 3790 E. Lohman Ave.

For more information, contact Las Cruces Coats for Kids coordinator Alycia Jameson at 575-621-4612 and lascrucescoatsforkids@gmail.com and CAASNM Development Officer Mark Hohnstreiter at markh@caasnm.org.

Visit lascrucescoatsforkids.com.