By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
As the holiday season swings into full gear, area agencies and volunteers are putting together numerous drives to help those in the community who may be less fortunate.
Thanks to the generosity and efforts of area individuals, organizations and business, the Community Services Center has received several donations of canned goods to help restock their pantry, according to Vonnie Banther, CSC administrative assistant. If a needy family comes into the center, they will be given two bags of canned food. The families are allowed to visit the pantry two times a year, said Banther.
“We’ve had a very good response through the community,” said Banther. “We really get hit hard through the holidays.”
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree is also providing an opportunity to help others in the community. Names of local children are placed on the tree for community members to chose. Items that are requested for the child are an item of clothing and a toy. The items are to be returned to the Portales City Hall by Dec. 1 in order to be delivered on Dec. 14, according to city hall officials.
The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will be hosting a blessing tree on Nov. 29 on the square. Participants can donate $20 or more to the tree. An ornament with your Christmas wish will be placed on the blessing tree. All proceeds from the blessing tree will be used for the United Way campaign in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the United Way office.
Other events to look for during the holiday season include:
• A community-wide Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Building. Donations of powdered milk and blankets will be taken for the Juarez children’s project.
• Roosevelt General Hospital has boxes placed throughout the hospital to collect canned goods to be donated to a local food pantry.
• The CSC will continue to receive canned goods for their community pantry.
• Operation Santa Claus will have a toy run on Dec. 2 to benefit a local charity.