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More opportunities to give

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By Arin McKenna

In addition to the Toys for Tots drive, other local organizations are also hosting opportunities for charitable giving this season. Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is holding a "Share the Warmth" Coat Drive this holiday season. LANB is accepting winter clothing items for children and adults including coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, mittens and hats through Dec. 12. All donations will benefit the New Mexico Youth & Families Department. Drop off items at any LANB location.

"I am proud to represent a company that understands the various needs of the communities we serve," states John S. Gulas, chief executive officer at Los Alamos National Bank. "It's important to be mindful of those among us who have hit hard times and perhaps need a helping hand.

“During this time of year in particular, our employees want to ensure that everyone has a warm jacket, hat and gloves for protection from the elements. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our coat drive to drop off new or used jackets at any of our office locations."

Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring its annual “Be a Santa to a Senior.” The business works with the Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization to identify seniors who may not otherwise receive gifts, then sets up Christmas trees with ornaments identifying seniors by first name and one or two gifts they would like.

Shoppers choose an ornament, buy an item on the list and return it to the tree's location with the ornament attached. The Betty Ehart Senior Center sponsors the tree for local residents. Gifts should be returned unwrapped (all gifts must be inspected) to the senior center by Dec. 16.