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Ways to help during the holidays: Many local organizations seek money, volunteers to aid homeless, near homeless children and adults


There are so many ways to help people in need during this holiday season here in Las Cruces and throughout Doña Ana County and the border region. A financial donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, and so are donations of other items and volunteering.

The Bulletin will provide information on more organizations as the holidays continue. If you missed the stories we ran on the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots of Doña Ana County, Coats for Kids of Las Cruces and La Casa, Inc. domestic violence program, let us know and we can send you those.

Here is information about five programs helping others during the holidays and year-round.

  • Mesilla Valley Community of Hope: People experiencing homelessness need new or gently used coats, blankets, socks, gloves, tents, towels, shampoo, soap, toiletries. Mail cash donations to MVCH, P.O. Box 16526, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004. Donate online at www.mvcommunityofhope.org. Call 575-523-2219 or email hope@zianet.com. MVCH, 999 W. Amador Ave., served 3,263 clients in FY 2020-21 (2,744 in FY 2019-20), including 228 veterans (317 in 2019), and provided shelter to 254 (234 in 2019) in Camp Hope tent city. It provided housing to 809 people (570 in FY 2019-20), including 258 (150) children.
  • Jardin de Los Niños supports homeless/near homeless children and families. As the holiday season and colder weather approach, Jardin seeks donation support. In addition to its Adopt-A-Family campaign, Jardin, which opened in 1995, will only 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 are accepted 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and by appointment at 999 W. Amador Ave. Volunteers are welcome, currently through virtual support. Call 575-522-2111, email info@jardinlc.org. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays, closed for deep cleaning, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mail donations to Jardin de Los Niños, 1300-G El Paseo, PMB #272, Las Cruces, N.M. 88001. Donate online at www.jardinlc.org. Shop at Jardin’s La Tienda Ladies Boutique, 335 La Colonia Ave. (at the southwest corner of Alameda Boulevard and Main Street); donations of new and gently used clothing, jewelry, household items welcome. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed for deep cleaning, 3 to 5 p.m. Donations accepted Mondays and Saturdays during regular hours or by appointment. Call 575-541-9746.
  • El Caldito Soup Kitchen needs salad dressings, salt, pepper, spices, sliced cheese, bottled water, soda pop, holiday pies and cakes, paper goods including cups, plates, napkins, utensils, three-compartment foam containers. Take items to El Caldito’s back door, 999 W. Amador Ave., 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Contact Diane D’Ambrosio at 575-636-0423, 575-791-5381, elcalditosoupkitchen@gmail.com. Mail donations to El Caldito, P.O. Box 2833, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004. Donate online at elcalditolc.org. Volunteers needed to prepare and serve food, wash dishes, clean, fundraise, work on-site and pick up food donations. El Caldito has served more than 2 million meals since it was founded in 1984. It serves more than 90,000 meals a year.
  • 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 Christmas. GRM provides thousands of meals and overnight lodging to men, women, children and provides new shoes and clothes to hundreds of children for back to school. Take food, other donations to GRM, 1050 W. Amador Ave. Donate online at www.lcgrm.org or mail to Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 386, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004. Visit Rock of Ages Thrift Store, 1420 S. Solano Drive. Visit www.lcgrm.org and www.facebook.com/lcgrminc. Call 575-523-7727 to volunteer or for pick-up of larger donated items. Email lcgrminc@gmail.com. “We are currently in a building program; watch for the demolition of the two old buildings out front,” said GRM Executive Director Henry Young. “This is a great time for a building-fund donation!” GRM was founded in 1972 by Rev. Darrel E. Bean. It moved to west Amador Avenue in 1988. GRM purchased its thrift shop and clothing store in 1990.
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