LAS CRUCES – 500 Las Cruces Public School families are in need of food, clothing, and other items this holiday season, according to the district.
Among LCPS’ neediest students are several hundred who have no permanent homes. Sometimes they live with their families in temporary housing or a homeless shelter; but as many as 20 students – mostly high school age – are currently without a home or family to care for them.
For families being assisted by LCPS, the most pressing current needs are food, clothing, and toys.
At this time, food baskets with turkeys, potatoes, beans, stuffing, rice, and other similar holiday food items are requested. The district’s concern is providing food for families when the students are out of school for the two-week holiday break.
Clothing is also in short supply.
“Warm clothing is also a need, especially for teenagers. Men’s and women’s coats in sizes small, medium and large are needed. Hygiene items are also a need- shampoo, lotion, deodorant, body wash, soap,” LCPS Partners in Education Social Worker and Program Lead Yoli Silva.
The 2011 US Bank of Las Cruces Coats for Kids program still needs jackets for children ages birth to fifth grade. There are collection boxes for new and gently used coats at all locations of Comet Cleaners: 2001 E. Lohman Ave, 2497 N. Main St, and 555 Utah St., Suite A, and at 101 Gold at 101 Perkins Drive.
Lastly, the district is asking for toy donations. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots of Las Cruces program works with more than 30 schools in Doña Ana County, including all LCPS elementary schools, to provide toys to needy children. Toys for Tots provided toys to about 3,500 children last year, and hopes to give toys to 3,500-4,000 boys and girls this year.
You can put a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl of any age in a local collection box. Visit http://toysfortots.org  for locations. Donation checks can be made payable to Marine Corps Toys for Tots and mailed to Jack Petrowsky, P.O. Box 7214, Las Cruces, N.M. 88006.
Cash donations can be dropped off at any First Light Federal Credit Union in Las Cruces until December 15. Contact the Petrowskys at 575.373.8621 or Petrowsky7@msn.com .
Donations of food, clothing and toys can be dropped off at either the LCPS Title I office, 821 E. Lohman Ave., portable 109, next door to the Head Start Center; or the LCPS Superintendent’s Office, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249.
Silva hopes donations can be received by Friday, December 2. However, donations will continue to be accepted until noon on Friday, December 16, when schools close for the winter holiday.
For more information, contact Silva at 575.527.5913, 644.8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org .