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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 for distribution defended Submitted by DICK DAVIjS/ Realizing that many families Hidalgo County Toys for Tots Co- do their out-of-town shopping on ordinator the Saturday before Christmas, in In 2008, the Hidalgo County 2010 we moved the distribution Toys for Tots program was insti- an entire week earlier so that fami- tuted to assist the US Marine 'lies could plan accordingly. Let- Corps in distributing at least one ters and registration forms, on new non-violent toy to each separate sheets of paper, were dis- youngster in our economically- tributed during the month of Oc- strapped area. Distribution was tober to allow families plenty of made in Rodeo, Animas, Cotton City and Lordsburg. Operating under a great strain, with limited help, orga- I mzers kept the dis- tribution program in Lordsburg open for three days - two days longer than the time to response to our requests. advertised distribution date. Nu- Included in the letter to par- merous telephone reminders were ents were instructions to post the made at an added expense, letter on their refrigerator so they In 2009, the program w~s in- could remember where and when creased to add San Simon and toys would be distributed in their Bowie to the distribution for the community. Also included in the same reasons as those in Hidalgo letter were instructions that if a County. In these two communi- parent was unavailable to pick up ties we were assisted by the Red their child's toys, they should Hat Ladies and Chiricahua Agri- give a letter to someone else to cultural Academy in fund-raising pick them up for:them. This was as well as toy distribution. The written in BOLD type! success in these two communities To assist us in distribution, was above and beyond our expec- we also incurred the additional rations. We also had a good re- expense of colored paper for the sponse in Rodeo, Cotton City registration form in .each school and Animas. district and had parents circle Kh Si where they wished to pick up the students sing Christmas carols to residents. SHNH receives mini facelift By LORENZO ALBA, dR. Can you believe the sunshine we're still getting in Lordsburg, Hidalgo County and New Mexico? Wow! And we are midway through December. It could be a'bright and sunny Christmas this year! We've just received a mini facelifl at Sunshine Haven: our entire roof was replaced. The crew just recently completed the job and we aim to make a few more improvements in the near future. We're very proud to say that our census numbers have remained consistently with in budget and that is good news! We certainly ap- preciate local and regional support and are really looking forward to 2011. As I mentioned last week we are receiving an overwhelming amount of local support in the Christmas programs we've set up for the residents in our facility. We just had a group of kindergarten students from Lordsburg's R.V. Traylor Elementary School come in and sing Christmas carols to our residents. It was "certainly a treat for our residents and we are so thankful for their time and effort in making our residents feel loved and valued by the community. This is the true spirit of Christmas. The Cotton City 4H was also here this past weekend. They gave Christmas cards to all the residents and donated some beautiful hand- made wreaths that are displayed throughout the facility. Kip Calahan and her band were also on hand this past weekend. They played a wonderful set for the residents and spent some quality time with them spreading holiday cheer at Sunshine Haven. The First Baptist church brought in gifts for all the residents this past weekend as well. The Assembly of God was also on hand to visit with all the residents, prayed with them, sang to them and brought gifts for all of them. Southside Elementary School will be coming in on today and we are super excited to hear them sing The residents and Sunshine Haven would like to thank all these schools, churches and organizations for their generosity, faith and love. Thank you! Well that is it for this week. See ya next week! . toys for their children. This made the implementation easier for us to process the applications. Upon receipt of each form, we tried to decipher, sometimes through il- legible hand-writing, the infor- mation provided so that we could. adequately prepare toys for the area's children. Upon completion of this process, over a period of several days, the requests were matched up with available toys for each gender (sex of the child) and age so that toys could be placed in bags for easier distribution. These were then placed in toy box bins accordingly so that upon arrival of a parent of someone else picking up toys, we could select bags of toys accord- ingly. With a total of 18 group- ings for girls and another 18 for boys, not only was the work time- consuming, but strenuous. Operating out of the back of a motor vehicle, as we have done ie a ma ical time oF' clear'! Local VFW distributes wreaths Saturday previous y in Simon Bowie ,Aspato, th. rannuaWrea.h. AorossAmerca,o..,ur, VFW,30,.,e,a.pec.,.tr,ull (with the help of the above-men- |(tion ceremony at Veteran's Park Saturday afternoon.The wreaths that were purchased by family tioned two organizations) and in II members were handed out and later placed on veteran graves by those families. Mayor Frank Rodeo, Cotton City and Animas |1 Rodriguez, below, spoke to the crowd alongside VFW Commander Rey Martinez. Ralph Young, (ourselves), we were able to dis: |l below left, plays the bugle. tribute toys to needy children. In It's the holiday season, and that means family gatherings and traditional celebrations! It :an also be a time of anxiety for people with diabetes. Be prepared with a few simple tips from Hidalgo Medical Servicesl For more information about diabetes and healthy eating, call HM$ today. I dP'/ ;:? I d~ y friends instead of eating . If you over indulge, get back on track the next day HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVtC(S .......... ---~ - _, Lordsburg Qink 530 E. DeMoss St. Every Tuesday starting Jan. 11 5:30pm to 7:00pm 575-542-8384 San Simon, every parent who had 'registered their children picked their toys up; in Bowie - all but 1 family; in Rodeo - all familieS; in Cotton City and Animas - all but 3 families. In each case, if a parent could not pick up their child's toys, they sent a letter along with someone else to ar- range for pick up their toys. Sadly in,Lordsburg, less than 50% of parents who registered their children picked up their children's toys or arranged for someone else to pick them up! Because of limited space, and needed use of our building for additional activities, we devoted an entire day from 9 AM to 6 PM for toy distribution. In fact, some parents came earlier than 9 AM, but since we were already set up, we accommodated them by giv- ing out their toys early. We feel that with over 9 hours open for distribution, ample time was al- lotted for parents and/or others to pick up toys. During the weeks of prepa- ration and distribution, we were unable to perform some functions in the building because we had toys all over that portion, of the building. Early Sunday morn- ing two individuals moved the toys out of the building into a stor- age area to make room of other services needed in the distribu- tion building. Since then we have had all kinds' of telephone calls and ver- bal excuses (and abuses) why toys could no! be picked up on the specified day - even though parents were given plenty of ad- vance notice of the distribution dates and locations and told to provide a note or letter to some- one else to pick up the toys. One lady has signed her daughter up for toys for each of the past 3 years and has yet to pick them up - even once or have someone else do it for her! One lady who did have her toys picked up, text-messaged a friend to pick hers up because she had to go to the hospital unex- pectedly. Her friend brought the text-message to us in place of a written letter! Anotherlady from Animas did not have transporta- tion, so she called us and then a friend in Lordsburg to pick up for her. Where there is a will, there is a way! Unfortunately, when toys are not picked up by parents or others, it is the kids who suffer the most! 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