Bringing the holidays to everyone

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By Kirsten Laskey

The holiday season does not always evenly distribute its fruits to everyone. Fortunately, there are people in Los Alamos who recognize this fact and take action.

Rae Douglas began the Christmas box program to collect items and food for people in Española Valley; partly as a result of her work and knowledge of people in the Valley, Los Alamos First United Methodist Church began its own Christmas box program 20 years ago.

Joyce, who operates and coordinates the program, explained LAFUMC serves a northern New Mexico community and a person who knows people in need in that community sends a list of names to the church. People then select a family to help out during the holidays.

Mostly, the boxes are filled with food, but gifts are provided to children, she said. This year, the LAFUMC is reaching out to 45 families.

Joyce said the Christmas box program is part of the church’s mission program.

A truck will be delivering boxes Saturday to the community.

Gifts include personal hygiene items such as bathroom soap, shampoo as well as laundry soap, canned vegetables, canned meat, rice noodles, cereals and boxed meals, dried beans, peanut butter and jelly and boxed or canned soup.

People’s generosity has been high in the past; last year, Joyce said, a full-length semi-truck was filled with boxes.

Providing these boxes to the northern New Mexico community, “just shows their community, (which is pretty isolated) that there are people out there who care,” she said. “Just to let them know we care is basically why we do it.”