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5th Annual Backpack Assembly Party

We’re teaming up with Racing Southwest again this year to help supply New Mexico kids with basic school supplies!!

Our goal this year is 500 backpacks and we’re well on on our way!

Join us on Aug. 7th at Blessed Nativity Church on 4th and Alameda starting at 5:30pm. We’ll be in the back parish hall which is just south of the main building.

This event is not sponsored by the church, we’re just using their building.  Please DO NOT call the church.  If you have questions, please call Laura at 505-255-2697.

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07 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanks to everyone that came out for our Thanksgiving Food Box drive!

This is the 4th year we’d given out our food boxes and this year, with some great partnerships we were able to help 53 families in 3 different towns!  The families we provided for came recommended from schools, social workers and friends.  The biggest family we served had 9 kids and are refuges from Africa!

Boy Scouts helping out!

Boy Scouts helping out!

We had approximately 35 volunteers, including some cub scouts and girl scouts come help put boxes together this time.  That’s a record for us

and it’s funny to think of just 4 years ago there was only 3 of us putting boxes together in someone’s house!

This year, we were honored to be part of RacingSouthwest’s annual charity drive. Additionally,  we were surprised with a $500 grant from Thrivent Financial which was a HUGE help to us!  The fantastic kids at Cuba Elementary School collected over 9 boxes of food for our drive and Albuquerque United Methodist Church that donated their church wide food drive goods to us!  Our friend FoFo was gracious enough to let us use The Event Palace  to put boxes together and as a place for families to come pick them up.  Having a place to do activities has been a big deal for us! Thanks so much EVERYONE!  We are loving the connections we are making and the network we’re building with folks that want to be involved in their communities!

Cool whip...yum!

Cool whip…yum!

Fresh Veg!

Fresh Veg!

It seems to be tradition that at least one of our families every year has suffered a house fire and we’re able to help them out in more ways than just food. This year was no exception.  We had one family, that we found out about from one of our volunteers, that had a house fire and lost everything.

The woman in the family was trying to find some employment, but as you can imagine, it has been difficult because she didn’t have the proper clothes for interviews or customer facing work.  It was particularly hard for this gal as she is very petite and none of her friends were able to donate clothes that fit.

Sorting out beans

Robin and Jordan bagging beans

It “just happened” that we have a very small woman that had some clothes and household goods she was wanting to donate somewhere!!  We were able to get the clothes to the woman so that she could begin a job at a retail store the next week!  LOVE IT when that stuff works out!

Matt and Jean bringing in the goods

Matt and Jean bringing in the goods

This year, in addition to the food boxes and clothes, we were able to distribute out some handmade hat/mitten sets that Bev’s mom in NY makes for us.  It was fun to watch everyone oohing and ahhing over all the sets, especially the ones for kids!  These are some kids at a Head Start program in a small rural NM town enjoying their new winter gear! We love this photo!

 

Hats and Mittens all around!

Hats and Mittens all around!

 

It was a really fun time! Thanks again to everyone that pitched in to help!!

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11 2012

Thanks Best Buy!

Huge THANK YOU to Best Buy for the big shopping cart full of new school supplies!

Everything you gave us was something we needed! Binders, Loose Leaf Paper, Rulers, Markers, Composition Books and Pens.

You guys are fantastic!

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09 2012

Backpacks on their way to Cuba, NM

Thanks to Greg over at our partner at Racingsouthwest.com for delivering the backpacks to schools in Cuba, New Mexico

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08 2012

Show and Shine at Cafe Bella

Wow! Thanks everyone that came out to the Show and Shine at Cafe Bella Coffee today!  We got about 6 boxes of school supplies and met some great people!  Looking forward to doing some more events with you all!

Special thanks to Cafe Bella Coffee, Outlaw Desert Racing, Visones Photography and our partners at RacingSouthwest.com for sponsoring and promoting this event!

 

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08 2012

Off Road Show and Shine Event

Drop off School Supplies at this FANTASTIC event at Cafe Bella Coffee!

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08 2012

BackPack Assembly Party 2012

This year’s Assembly Party was the BEST EVER thanks to the 75 or so volunteers that turned out to help!
Special thanks to Blessed Nativity Church on 4th and Alameda for letting us use their space again this year, Walgreens for the backpacks, Route 66 Civitans for all the donations and Sweet Tomatoes for the yummy pizza and salad dinner!
We have the best volunteers in the WORLD who helped put together a record 373 backpacks that night! We had a final total donation of 435 backpacks to students in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Cuba, Los Lunas, Bernalillo,and Mountainair.

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08 2012

We love Sweet Tomatoes!

Thanks Sweet Tomatoes for providing the wonderful pizza and salads once again for our assembly party! You guys are amazing and we are grateful for the support every year!!

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08 2012

Thanks for the donation of backpacks and help assembling them!

09

08 2012

Thank you!!

Thank you doctors Giombolini, Cloud and Sill for the donation of toothbrushes and dental floss for our School Supply Drive!

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08 2012