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Ways to help during the holidays: Needy children, cancer patients, seniors and more


Here is information about seven local programs and nonprofits that could use your help and financial support so they can help others during the holidays and year-round.

  • The 34th annual Rio Grande Rotary Club Las Cruces Dress the Child program buys new clothes and shoes for needy children. It provided clothes and shoes for 15 children in 1984, the year the program began. It reached 537 children served in 2019 and dropped back to 300 children in 2020 because of the pandemic. Participating children are chosen by Las Cruces Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District. Each child receives $130 to $150 in new clothes and shoes. Send donation checks to Dress the Child, P.O. Box 550, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004, or take them to Julie Koenig, First New Mexico Bank, 3000 E. Lohman Ave. in Las Cruces. Contact Doug Boberg at 575-644-9469 or drboberg@gmail.com. The annual fundraising dinner, which usually raises more than $50,000, was not held in 2020 or 2021 because of the pandemic, so cash donations are more important than ever.
  • Tutti Bambini Children’s Store nonprofit sells gently used children’s clothing, toys and more. Proceeds benefit local and border-area outreach programs for children challenged by poverty and special needs. Donations of items to sell and cash donations are welcome; especially needed are boys’ clothes, sizes 2T-8; coats for boys and girls, all sizes; and new or almost new Christmas toys. Tutti Bambini, which opened in 2013, is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 300 El Molino Blvd., which is near intersection of Alameda Boulevard and Main Street. Contact Sister Beth at 575-640-1997 or daddiosister@yahoo.com and Jeanne at 575-556-9752. Visit www.meetlascruces.com/Tutti-Bambini-in-Las-Cruces.html and Facebook @tuttibambinilc.
  • Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico began in 1964 and serves Doña Ana and four other southwest New Mexico counties, providing services to help families facing adversities. Programs and services include Coats for Kids, youth entrepreneurship (Kids Can), child nutrition programs, free tax preparation and small business development. Contact Mark Hohnstreiter at 575-527-8799 or markh@caasnm.org. Send donations to CAASNM, 3880 Foothills Road, Suite A, Las Cruces, N.M. 88011. Donate online at www.caasnm.org.
  • CARE (Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc.) helps recently diagnosed, eligible Doña Ana County cancer patients in treatment with money for non-medical needs so they can focus on treatment, recovery and survival. It helps patients with gas cards, groceries, nutritional supplements, rent and mortgage payments, self-pay health insurance, utilities, phone bills and out-of-county travel expenses. Mail donations to CARE, 118 S. Water St., Las Cruces, N.M. 88001. Contact Yoli Diaz at 575-649-0598 and caresupportprogram@carelascruces.org.
  • Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico connects donors to needs and supports a variety of nonprofits throughout Las Cruces, Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico. While helping feed the hungry, support the arts, expand literacy and improve health through 315 endowments serving 10 counties, CFSNM has also been active in generating and distributing COVID-19 response funds and emergency funds. Contact Terra Winter at 575-521-4794 and terra@cfsnm.org. Donate online at www.cfsnm.org. Mail checks to CFSNM, 2640 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, N.M. 88001, which is CFSNM’s new home beginning in 2022.
  • The second annual Foster a Senior Program hopes to provide 50 care packages to seniors at Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces. $30 pays for a care package. Donations of any amount will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 14. Mail donations to Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter, P.O. Box 21400, Albuquerque, N.M. 87154. Donate online at http://act.alz.org/goto/fosterasenior2021. You can also donate items for care packages, including puzzles, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion, fuzzy socks, adult coloring books and colored pencils and tissues. Contact Emily N. Chaddock at 575-647-3688 and enchaddock@alz.org to drop off donations or have them picked up.
Holiday donations, volunteering