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LANL holiday drive a hit

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Lab: More than 1,100 gifts were collected

By The Staff

More than 1,100 children and seniors will have more gifts under their tree this year because of a holiday gift drive at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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The lab’s annual holiday drive came to a close Wednesday with 1,130 gifts, including 35 bicycles of all colors and sizes being delivered to agencies partnering with LANL.

“More than 1,000 children and seniors from around Northern New Mexico will have a brighter holiday because LANL employees enthusiastically participated in the holiday gift tag program,” said Tim Martinez of LANL’s Community Programs Office. “I’m so proud to be part of such a worthwhile program.”

Martinez particularly lauded Project Management Directorate employees who pooled their funds to purchase more than $2,760 worth of gift cards and gifts this year.

LANL employees also pledged a record $1,81 million to United Way and other eligible nonprofit programs. Los Alamos National Security, LLC, planned to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to $2.81 million.

“Our Los Alamos employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Carolyn Zerkle, LANL’s associate director for Information Technology and this year’s campaign champion. “The LANL team raised $1.81 million, which surpassed last year’s total of $1.5 million by more than 20 percent.”