There are many ways to help make holidays more festive for those in need

 

From left, Cecilia Pareja, Bri Gonzales and Martinique Sedillo, all St. Pius X students, and Annette Sedillo, right, Martinique’s mother, volunteer to wrap gifts for Gift Givers Anonymous at a wrapping party at Messiah Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. The gifts will go to needy people throughout the city. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

From left, Cecilia Pareja, Bri Gonzales and Martinique Sedillo, all St. Pius X students, and Annette Sedillo, right, Martinique’s mother, volunteer to wrap gifts for Gift Givers Anonymous at a wrapping party at Messiah Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. The gifts will go to needy people throughout the city. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

You can write a check or donate time or adopt a family. Agencies throughout the Albuquerque area are seeking volunteers and donations.The needs range from cold weather clothing to nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and toiletries to housewares that help make a newly housed family feel more at home. Some agencies offer the opportunity to adopt a family by filling in their holiday wish list.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission, 525 Second SW: Runs an emergency winter shelter for the city of Albuquerque that provides overnight accommodation through March 15 to single men and women, and families with children under 18 years old.

The Rescue Mission is accepting donations of knit caps, gloves, scarves, socks, underwear, T-shirts, jackets and travel-size hygiene items. Donations should be delivered between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday to Albuquerque Rescue. For information, call 346-4673.

American Red Cross, 7445 W. Pan American Freeway NE: American Red Cross in New Mexico’s Service to the Armed Forces Program is conducting a holiday drive to benefit inpatients at the Raymond G. Murphy VA hospital in Albuquerque.

The most pressing needs during the holiday season, according to VA hospital staff, are donations of sweatpants and sweatshirts, T-shirts, socks, underwear, bras, travel-sized toiletries and $25 Walmart gift cards. Items are needed in all sizes, for men and women. Items must be new and unwrapped.

Donations can be dropped off at the American Red Cross office until Dec. 15. For information, call Dyann Trujillo at 505-262-6162.

Barrett Foundation, Barrett House, 10300 Constitution NE: Houses and provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing and support services for women experiencing hopelessness. The foundation is seeking individuals or groups to adopt a family for the holiday.

By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 12:02am

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