by Melissa Reyes, General Manager
Border Partners started brainstorming ideas for Christmas 2020, to help the Palomas community, especially during this holiday time of the year. We realized that we needed to give Palomas the opportunity to join us. In that way we could all work together. The Promotoras wrote a personalized email to local businesses. In it, we presented our goals and plans for families in extreme need, especially during the holidays.
The amount of help that we collected from the local businesses, food baskets from the community, clothing, jackets, toys and volunteer service, really left us filled with joy and speechless. Words cannot express how much gratitude we feel for the local people that stepped up, during this time of crisis. People from the community, dropped off pre-made food baskets, prior to the event. These groups donated generous amount of money, food and essential clothing:
- “La Frontera”
- La Ferretería
- “El Tornillo”
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City
- Memos Supermarket
- Súper Vazquez
- Mexican Sushi Restaurant
- El Ballezano (clothing store)
- El Arroyito
We purchased 150 food baskets at Super Vazquez. They’ve partnered with us in past projects allowing us to purchase local food at a discounted price. We also were able to purchase small goody bags for each child (400) and gave out donated clothes, shampoo, soap, face masks (350), blankets, sweaters/jackets and shoes. We gave out vegetables from our green houses to promote healthy living.
Every family that registered received a ticket for a raffle entry. We gave raffile gifts to 15 families. This raffle also included two tickets for a $50 voucher to be spent in Super Vazquez grocery store. It also included: Pots and Pans set, knife set, space heater, pillows and dinnerware set.
This was a 4 day long event. We’re still dealing with COVID restrictions and regulations, but we really wanted each family that came in through our door to feel special and welcomed. Each family had 10 minutes to meet with us, pick what they needed, and leave with a food basket.
Before the event started we knew that word of mouth plays a major role in Palomas. However, we didn’t want to turn anyone away. And, I’m glad to say that we didn’t have to! We were able to give anyone else that came to the door a food basket! Instead of giving away just 150, we gave out 185. In all, 661 benefited from this effort. This for sure was a small milestone for Border Partners. Our food multiplied! And, thanks to the community residents that had dropped off food, we were able to help anyone that asked and was referred to the event.
All the energy, hard work and effort that was went into this event was rewarded. Thanks to all our donors that made it possible and also to the staff who arrived early and left late to ensure each family had a nice experience!