Now that the dust has settled on our 11th year to sponsor Be A Santa To A Senior, we want to thank the wonderful people of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County that made Christmas a special holiday for about 700 lonely and impoverished seniors.
Thanks to about 25 municipal, county, and state agencies, long-term care facilities and other senior providers for supplying names of lonely and lessfortunate seniors. Huge thanks to Mesilla Valley Mall for once again putting up the tree and allowing the gifts to be cycled through their office. Thank you, Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces Bulletin, and Southwest Senior for notices to the public. We appreciate the Las Cruces Ukes who played carols and many other holiday songs at our Kick-Off event.
It couldn’t have been done without you, the hundreds of thoughtful citizens of the community, who provided over 750 much-needed gifts like robes, slippers, blankets, and even pet food to lonely seniors. And, many thanks to those community volunteers who came to help wrap them. The bags decorated by students at Fairacres Elementary were a delight to the senior recipients and we extend appreciation to those students and to the administrative staff and teachers there that made it all possible.
Plus, we send a big thank you to our CAREGivers® and staff. Be A Santa To A Senior would not be possible without their donation of time and energy in coordinating the program and wrapping and delivering gifts.
So, again thank you to all who participated in helping provide a practical and emotional boost to many deserving seniors. See you next year!