LANL Holiday Gift Drive Raises $58,000, Buys 2,500+ Gifts For Senior Citizens, Kids And People Facing Homelessness

LANL employees donated $58,000 for holiday gifts for senior citizens, youth, and people facing homelessness distributed via local nonprofits like Barrios Unidos, Gerard’s House, and Help NM, as well as the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD). Youth gifts are educational toys are from Taos-based nonprofit Twirl. Photo Courtesy LANL


Presents being distributed by local nonprofits in Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is teaming up with local nonprofits to distribute holiday gifts bought with record-breaking employee donations. Partners include organizations like Barrios Unidos, Gerard’s House, Help NM and New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department. 

“It is heartwarming to see such an outpouring of generosity in a year when many of our neighbors across Northern New Mexico are facing added hardship,” LANL Director Thom Mason said. “I am grateful the Laboratory has joined efforts with our community partners to make the holidays a little brighter for people in the region.”

Each pre-packaged gift kit is valued at $25 and contains items purchased from New Mexico businesses. Children’s gifts are sourced from Taos-based nonprofit Twirl and contain age-appropriate, educational goodies including working toy microscopes, thinking putty, memory-building card games, and 3-D dinosaur puzzles. 

About our partners:

Twirl, Taos, is a play and discovery space with the mission of supporting the growth and potential of children through inspirational, community-wide opportunities to gather, learn, create and play. Its nonprofit store offers educational toys encouraging critical thinking and creativity.

Barrios Unidos, Chimayo, is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intercultural community investigating cultural and psychological issues related to addiction and cultural trauma in the Española Valley.

Gerard’s House, Santa Fe, is a safe place for grieving children, teens and families where healing happens through acceptance and peer support. Since 1997, the organization has helped more than 10,000 children and youth regain hope and restore relationships in the face of serious loss.

Help NM, Albuquerque, has nine locations in Northern New Mexico and works diligently to change lives and improve communities through programs in employment, education, cognitive development, income building, housing, health, behavioral development, civic engagement and community involvement. 

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the state’s children through a culture of accountability, support, and behavioral health programs. 

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Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public-service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns.