Los Alamos JJAB Board Member Elizabeth Allen helps Resource Specialist Santina Shije and JJAB intern Nina Neil sort items from the Annual Youth Winter Clothing Drive. Photo Courtesy JJAB
Winter clothing items purchased by Los Alamos JJAB using donated funds. Photo Courtesy Los Alamos JJAB
Los Alamos JJAB provided 94 bags of winter clothing, pictured here to youth ages 5-18. Photo Courtesy Los Alamos JJAB
Los Alamos JJAB staff sorting winter clothing are, from left, Rachel Mohr-Richards, Santina Shije, and Nina Neil. Photo Courtesy Los Alamos JJAB
LOS ALAMOS JJAB NEWS RELEASE
Los Alamos JJAB has wrapped its Annual Youth Winter Clothing drive just in time for Thanksgiving! JJAB was able to provide youth ages 5-18 who live or attend school in Los Alamos County, and their younger siblings, with winter coats, boots, gloves, scarves, and/or hats. In the last two weeks, JJAB provided items to 94 youth, up from 85 last year.
This drive was a huge undertaking that took many hands to achieve: JJAB Resource Specialists, Los Alamos Public School Counselors, the Los Alamos County Victim Assistant, and representatives at other organizations collaborated to identify youth with needs and submit requests to JJAB’s Executive Director, Lisa Zuhn.
Using funds graciously donated by Rio Grande Orthodontics, Merrick & Company, and individual donors, and clothing donated by the community, JJAB filled each request, ensuring that youth would have the warm clothes they needed. Once all items were received, the JJAB team sorted and packed the items in space generously provided by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
This community giving project was truly that: a community project. Thank you to every person and company that donated time, clothing, and money to make the drive a success. Nearly one hundred youth will have a safer, happier winter because of you.
JJAB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working in Los Alamos County to reduce youth risk behaviors, facilitate positive youth development and build resiliency through responsive, effective programming. Information regarding JJAB programs and services can be found at www.losalamosjjab.com or follow us on Facebook/Instagram @LosAlamosJJAB.
JJAB staff Rachel Mohr-Richards, Santina Shije, and Nina Neil sort clothing.