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C’YA to raise funds for Sonic workers

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) wanted to get involved with the Million Acts of Good, sponsored by Cheerios and Ellen DeGeneres and they hope the community will join the effort. 

One month ago, large amounts of snow caused an awning to collapse at the local Sonic. The business was forced to close for renovations affecting about 25 Sonic employees. 

Some were able to travel to other Sonic locations for available shifts, while others were forced to wait it out, for possibly a few weeks longer.

At the annual meeting for Champions of Youth Ambitions, the board of directors discussed how they could help their local neighbors. The recent government shutdown highlighted how weeks without pay can effect local families. 

Now plans are underway for, “A Sonic Assist.”

“During the past month, some of the staff at Sonic have been suffering severe financial hardship due to loss of income,” said Claire Swinhoe, C’YA board president. “With repair work possibly scheduled to take weeks, C’YA would like to help the staff during this difficult time. I would like to encourage the community to please give a little bit to help us help them.”

Los Alamos Youth Center Director Jordan Redmond stepped up to the plate to allow a brick-and-mortar location for people to drop off financial donations and host donation boxes to accept canned goods, boxed items, dry goods and hygiene items, through Feb. 8. 

“Our hearts go out to the Sonic employees who have been without work for about a month due to the canopy collapse,” Redmond said. 

Redmond’s team put up donation jars and boxes, which are both open after school hours. The White Rock location is located just above the White Rock Branch Library at 10 Sherwood Blvd. and the Los Alamos location is located at 475-20th St., just beneath the Los Alamos Teen Center.

Financial donations can be made to Champions of Youth Ambitions, at any Los Alamos National Bank location with memos noting help for Sonic employees or mailed to 77 Isleta Drive. Additional questions can be directed to C’YA at 505-695-9139.