The holiday season isn’t just about receiving gifts. It’s about giving.
In the Portales/Clovis area, many organizations are looking to help in giving to others. Popular local drives include the Portales Police Department Santa Cop Program, Consigning Women, the Community Center Food Bank, and the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank.
“The Santa Cop Program has been in place for over 20 years, and it has grown tremendously. Last year, we helped Santa provide about 300 children with toys. All of the toys are donated,” said Myriam Pallares of the police department.
Although the Santa Copevent took place on Saturday, people can still make donations to the police department for the program.
“By giving your information to Consigning Women, you can receive food on a monthly basis and clothing on a six-month basis,” according to Sarah Taylor of Consigning Women. “This is a great local place to shop, and we really try to help the community. We will accept any donations that are given, and we will do our best to make sure they are put to good use by someone who needs it.”
The Community Center Food Pantry offers two bags of food for any household, and canned goods and non-perishable food items can be donated from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1100 Community Way.
“We only accept canned foods and dry goods, because it is easier for us to ensure freshness. We are also open during lunch hours, so you should be able to catch someone all day,” said Lourdes Terrazas of the community center.
The Eastern New Mexico Food bank accepts food 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“This food is available to people across the five counties in Eastern New Mexico – Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca, and Guadalupe counties),” said Executive Director Diana Sprague.