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2 HIDALGO COUN1-Y HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012 i PAL, Western Bank bring Christmas to SHNH Residents at Sunshine Haven Nursing Home received many gifts this year, including items off of their wish list from the Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) and Western Bank. Items the facility received included a Wii gaming system, games and other items for their activity/game room. Pic- tured below with the residents are SHNH activities director Barbara Jenkins, Randi Ybarra (PAL, Western Bank), Christina Ortiz (Western Bank) and Stacy Schlotfeldt (Western Bank) Courtesy photos Roadrunner Food Bank's southern branch marks one year with WaI-Mart truck Courtesy submission One year ago, Roadrunner Food Bank's Southern Branch welcomed a new truck donated by Walmart to help feed the hun- ,gry in Southwestern New Mexico. Valued at more than $90,000, the purpose of this truck was to deliver food through Roadrunner's Mobile Food Pan- try program as well as pick up food from area food industry do- nors. Now, the truck is an integral part of the Food Bank's ongoing mission of providing relief to the hungry throughout the south- western region of the state. The truck has made a major contribution to the Southern Branch, which distributed 3.2 million pounds of food in the past fiscal year to the hungry in Dofia Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero and Sierra counties. In its first year of service, the truck has trav- eled 15,376 miles, picking up 211,000 pounds of donated food from area retailers, manufacturers, growers and other organizations. The truck was also an important tool in delivering part of the 3.2 million pounds of food to hun- gry people, which was an increase of 1.57 million additional pounds distributed from the Southern Branch the prior fiscal year. "With this truck, we have been able to increase the amount of food helping hungry people in southwestern New Mexico in a time when hunger is the highest it has ever been," said Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank. "Hav- ing a second truck has allowed us to pick up more food, get it back to our branch in Las Cruces, and get it into the hands of hun- gry people more quickly. Walmart's generosity has made a Weekly In, iration huge and very positive impact on our efforts to distribute more food in the southwestern counties of the state." The vehicle donation was one of 33 trucks that were given to Feeding America-affiliated food banks nationwide by the Walmart Foundation during the holiday season of 2011. The do- nation was part of Walmart's $19 million holiday giving cam- paign to help fight hunger in communities throughout the US. About Philanthropy at Walmart Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a his- toric pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the US. The Walmart Founda- tion also supports education, workforce development, envi- ronmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.wal martfoundation.org. About Roadrunner Food Bank New Mexico is ranked as one of the hungriest and most poverty stricken states in the nation. Roadrunner Food Bank, a Feeding America mem- ber, is the largest non-profit dedicated to ending hunger in New Mexico and operates ware- houses in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Last year, the Food Bank distributed nearly 23 mil- lion pounds of food through its own programs, a statewide net- work of partner agencies, and regional food banks helping nearly 40,000 children and adults weekly. The Food Bank also rescued more than 16 mil- lion pounds of food last year keeping food out of landfills. For more information on fight- ing hunger in New Mexico, visit www.rrfb.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook .corn/roadrunner.food.bank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter, corn roadrunner fdbnk. Stella M. Wood Stella M. Wood, longtime Hidalgo County resident, passed away on December 10, 2012 in Animas. She was born January 10, 1924 in La Mesa, New Mexico. She is sur- vived by her daughter, Linda Darnell; grand- daughter Danielle ....... Darnell-Lasher; grandson Travis Darnell; great grandson Darren Edgar; great great grandson Andrew "Drew" Edgar; cousins Thaddeus Garvin, Patricia Phillip Garvin; and Stella M. Wood Garvin and her partner of 19 years, Alexander "Leon" Roark. Stella was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Herff Kimble Wood and brothers Bob Penny and James Penny. Stella enjoyed spending time with her family, garden- ing and dancing. She was a wonderful per- son and will be greatly missed. A graveside ser- vice was held on De- cember 15, 2012 at the Valley View Cem- etery in Cotton City with Ed "Bim" Kerr officiating. Pallbear- ers were JT Lasher, Darren Edgar, Billy Darnell, Mike Tracey, Thaddeus Garvin and Phillip Garvin.