City of Las Cruces offers ways to give during holidays

Ask Las Cruces App
It is now easier and faster for the public to communicate with the City of Las Cruces. The city has launched a new app called Ask Las Cruces. The app has four categories residents can select: City Services; Utility Services; Report Issue and Feedback.

Selecting one of the categories will route the request to the appropriate department for faster service. In addition, the app will allow photos to be attached to give responsible city departments visual references of the matter being reported. The app will also automatically detect location if the request is sent from the referenced location.

The free app is available for download on the home page of the city website at, the Apple App Store for Apple iOS devices, and Google Play for Android devices.

Mitten Tree at library
The mitten donation tree is back at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library for the holiday season. The library will accept new or clean, gently used hats, mittens and scarves for children and adults through December 21.

“The mitten tree has become a holiday tradition at the library; patrons always ask when we are going to put it up. It’s amazing to see just how generous and thoughtful the people of Las Cruces are.” said Margaret Neill, library administrator. “Last year, people donated more than 400 items; the year before that, over 300. The Friends of the Library bought a bigger tree last year to accommodate the larger amount of donations. We went from a six-foot tree to a nine-foot tree.”

The library will donate the items to La Casa, the Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Community of Hope after collection ends on December 21.

To donate, simply bring in hats, scarves, gloves or mittens to the Library (200 E. Picacho Avenue) and either give them to staff or hang them on the tree located at the front of the building, near the Circulation Desk. Jackets, coats, sweaters, and blankets are also gladly accepted. 

Project Linus and Toys for Tots
The Las Cruces Police Department is participating in two holiday campaigns — Project Linus and Toys for Tots — that benefit local children.

Project Linus accepts new blankets, or yarn and material to create blankets, which are then used to help comfort children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of a new blanket. Yarn and material are used by “blanketeers” within the community who hand-make blankets for Project Linus.

LCPD is also a toy drop-off site for the U.S. Martine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Residents are asked to contribute new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to less fortunate children within Doña Ana County. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Las Cruces Police Department.

Anyone wishing to contribute to one, or both, of these campaigns may do so at the Las Cruces Police Department’s Main Station, at 217 E. Picacho Ave., or at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex at 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

Contributions for Project Linus will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, December 15. Contributions for Toys for Tots can be made until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20.

Contributions for Project Linus — new blankets, yarn, and material to create blankets — can also be dropped off at either Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft, at 1711 E. University Ave., or at the Las Cruces Hobby Lobby store at 2350 E. Lohman Ave.

New Year’s Traditions at library
The public is invited to the 4th Wednesday Happenings, “New Year’s Traditions” program at 2 p.m. December 27, in the Roadrunner Room of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. 

New Year’s traditions vary around the world, but the spirit of welcoming the New Year is a fun-filled event. They will discuss some New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions from around the world. If you have any traditions, sayings or recipes you would like to share, please bring them. It will be a fun way to reminisce and share family traditions and maybe even start some new ones.

For more information or to register for the program, contact the library’s reference department at 528-4005 or

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Branigan Library is located at 200 E. Picacho Avenue.