Blessing Tree event raises $675

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Raising awareness for their program, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosted the second annual Blessing Tree event Wednesday in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center.

For a donation of $20 or more, community members could write their wish for a Roosevelt County family or program and place it on the tree, said Erinn Burch, UWENM executive director. Many of the people who donated, wrote special wishes on the ornaments, while others just simply wished all a Merry Christmas, said Burch.

Live radio remote broadcasts were carried by radio station KTQM in the morning and by KKYC during the noon hour. This allowed Burch to talk on the radio and raise awareness for the Blessing Tree campaign, she said.

With an overall goal of $70,000 for Roosevelt County, today’s campaign raised $675 which was donated by 23 individuals and business from the community, said Burch. At the present time, 75 percent of that goal has been met, said Burch.

“I’m glad that we raised money, said Burch. It’s nice to be able to educate the public about the United Way programs.”

Funds raised from the Blessing Tree and other donations, will be used to support programs in Roosevelt County, such as the Literacy Council and the Habitat for Humanity programs, said Burch.

“Every dollar you give, will stay in Roosevelt County,” said Burch.
Alvis Griffith, of Floyd, has been donating to the United Way program for several years, he said. Griffith felt that the program is a valued asset for the community.

“I think it’s a good organization and helps a lot of agencies,” said Griffith.
UWENM Board President Don Thomas also echoed those same thoughts. Thomas, who has been involved with the organization for three years, stated that an important part of the program is what the money is used for, not necessarily how much money the organization receives, he said.

“I’m impressed with the impact it makes on the community and proud of what it does and to be a part of it,” said Thomas.