Deputy County Executive Linda Matteson and UWNNM Communications Specialist Megan Bucklin help launch the ‘Burning Hearts for Warm Homes’ campaign at the CommuniTree inside the lobby of the Municipal Building. Courtesy/BAC
Los Alamos County and United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) have partnered for the CommuniTree “Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes” campaign running through December 31.
The aim of the campaign is to collect warm weather clothing and essential items, as well as raise money for families affected by the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire and subsequent flooding in the counties from Taos, San Miguel and Mora earlier this year.
The “CommuniTree,” hanging on the wall just off the lobby of the Municipal Building across from the Customer Service Center at 1000 Central Ave. The tree is decorated for the occasion and includes the names of several non-profit organizations working hard in northern New Mexico to aid in recovery efforts after the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire. The blaze burned 341,735 acres last spring and summer and destroyed at least 903 structures and damaged 85 others.
The campaign started on November 22 and ends on Friday, December 30. The community can donate directly using the links provided, or simply scan the QR codes on the flyer below for easy access. For those wishing to donate goods, a collection bin is located at the CommuniTree, and a list of desired items is available below.
“We hope the community will remember how lucky we were this summer after the Cerro Pelado fire and consider opening their hearts and giving to our close neighbors who weren’t so lucky,” said said UNWNM Executive Director Monica Griego. “As you shop this Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget to extend your generosity to Giving Tuesday and donate!”
Donations of goods can be made during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The municipal building is closed on weekends as well as November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving and December 26 for the Christmas holidays.
Items needed to help families of victims of the northern New Mexico fires this winter:
Please provide new and unopened items only. Please do not wrap the items. Deposit of donations in the hall of the municipal building at CommuniTree, 1000 Central Ave.
- Warm weather clothing – socks, mittens, jackets, hats, scarves
- Toiletries – toothbrushes/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, combs/brushes, razors, shaving cream, sunscreen, lotion, lip balm
- Clothing in different sizes for children and adults
- Non-perishable food products
- Towels and washcloths
- Diapers and wipes
Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes information leaflet with donor information and links. Courtesy/BAC
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