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Every year, Las Cruces Public Schools partners with community members and local businesses and nonprofits to provide gifts to students who need more support around the holidays, LCPS said in a Dec. 3 news release.
One initiative that helps to make spirits bright is the “Wish Upon a Star” program, which LCPS sponsors in partnership with FirstLight Federal Credit Union (FLFCU). The program collects warm clothing and gifts for students from migrant families living in Las Cruces.
In previous years, community members could pick a hanging star from a festive tree in front of the LCPS administration building to fulfill a student’s Christmas wish. This season may look different without an actual wish tree, but you can still help make the wish of a student come true.
Wish Upon a Star is in its fourth year, and with COVID-19 safety protocols in mind, the LCPS Federal & Migrant Education Programs Department (FMEPD) is asking for donations in the form of gift cards no greater than $25 this season.
FLFCU will sponsor 85 LCPS students with $25 gift cards to shop at Walmart.
“We are very grateful to be able to assist the community,” said FLFCU Community and Media Relations Liaison Cristina Da Costa. “We want people to feel the heart of FirstLight, not just think about us as a financial institution. It’s meaningful to the families and to the students.”
NASA and Toys for Tots will also help sponsor this year’s event. LCPS hopes to provide gift cards to 180 students. Currently, 42 students remain on the wish list. LCPS and FLFCU are asking the community for support to help make Christmas bright for a child this holiday season.
“It’s all for the kids,” said FMEPD Coordinator Ignosencia Campos. “This year has been very hard on our families. Some struggle to pay for utilities. We try to do this so that the kids have something to open on Christmas morning.”
LCPS will accept gift-card donations until Friday, Dec. 11. Gift cards will be distributed 3-6 p.m. Dec. 16 in the parking lot at Hermosa Heights Elementary. 1655 E. Amador Ave.
The easiest way to donate is to buy one or more $25 gift cards from a local store and contact Ignosencia Campos at email@example.com to make arrangements to get the card(s) to her.