LANL, Local Groups Reach Out To Homeless Of Northern New Mexico

LANL Community Outreach Specialist Selena Valencia, far left, Kiwanis President Cheryl Pongratz and Kiwanian Linda Daly help pack some 623 bags of clothing headed for seven organizations that help the homeless in Northern New Mexico. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Kiwanian Don Caspersen packs clothing donated by the LANL Community Programs Office Wednesday morning at the IHM Parish Hall. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Kiwanian Jackie Beebe was on hand Wednesday morning at IHM Parish Hall to pack clothing to be distributed to organizations helping the homeless. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Kiwanian Tim Glasco lends a hand Wednesday morning as members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos pack clothing for homeless folks in Northern New Mexico. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Partnership Office is providing 633 bags of new clothing for homeless people in the Santa Fe, Taos, Espanola and Los Alamos area. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos packed bags Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall for delivery to seven different homeless shelters.

The shelters receiving the donations are:

St. Elizabeth’s Men’s Emergency Shelter
St. Elizabeth’s Casa Familia Urgent Transition Center
New Moon Lodge of Eight Northern Pueblos
H.E.A.R.T. of Taos
Espanola Pathways Shelter
Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico
Compassion Through Action which distributes food and clothing in Espanola

LANL community outreach specialist Selena Valencia Valencia was on hand with the group at IHM. Valencia made all the arrangements for the purchases of sweat pants, T-shirts, socks and a hat to be included in each bag.

Los Alamos High School Key Club members helped with the packing and Southwest District Key Club donated 450 cloth drawstring bags which they had not used because their convention was canceled last spring. Los Alamos Family Council donated boxes and labels. The clothing items were purchased from Ralph Ortiz, owner of Desert Tees & Sports in Santa Fe who provided them at cost to support the project.