As the U.S. takes a holiday this week to give thanks, Border Partners shines a grateful spotlight on the many groups and people who have enriched life on the border with their time, money and other gifts. With this wonderful support, the people of Puerto Palomas have been able to accomplish many of their goals. This progress would not have happened without these generous donations received during 2013:
- Eric Patterson and Unicorn Press of Silver City, NM donated a large printing job.
- Silver City Bikeworks gave us 35 bicycles.
- Gila Friends paid for supplies and food for summer school.
- Many generous individuals gave us bikes, computers, printers, school supplies, books, garden tools, tee shirts, winter coats and blankets.
- The Silver City Rotary Club wrote a grant proposal to Rotary International that was funded and will buy the equipment to outfit our Community Education Center!
- The NM Dept. of Health gave the Promotoras 60 bike helmets for their Community Bike Ride!
In addition to donations of these gifts-in-kind, many people donated their time:
- Sherry Bassi, Christine Brickley and Rachel Owen, faculty in the School of Nursing at Western New Mexico University met with the Promotoras five times this year to teach them nursing skills.
- Helena Myers gave countless hours to guide our gardening staff in Palomas.
- Billie Greenwood masterfully managed our website.
- Dom Bassi volunteered twice each month at the Ford Primary School.
- Julia Bruner mailed packages for Palomas Oilcloth Designs.
- Bill Knauss has produced many buckets of bio-char for our gardens.
- Don Farber can do just about anything and is ready to help most any time.
- Jim Olsen made all kinds of things for Palomas out of wood and lends us his trailer.
And of course, the financial contributions of many generous and altruistic individuals, families, couples and groups enable the programs and operations of Border Partners to function. We value every contribution and do our best to multiply the goodness of the gifts we receive by improving life for people who can use assistance.