December 6, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with retired Public Health Nurse and Coordinator of the Palomas Christmas Shoe Box Project, Majie Powey from Truth or Consequences.
Each Christmas since 2009, shoe boxes take on a new life for children in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. Palomas is a small community just across the Mexican border from Columbus, New Mexico. Several churches and advocacy organizations in southern New Mexico, as well as Department of Health employees have helped organize a shoe box project for the children. The boxes contain more than a new pair of shoes. Last year over 700 children from ages 2 to 14 received a decorated shoe box filled with items such as toys, toothbrushes, school supplies, warm clothes and more. Powey says that last year they also collected coats, blankets and infant items to take to families on the border.
The goal this year is to collect 800 decorated and filled shoe boxes by December 14th. Donations can be taken to the Office of Border Health in Las Cruces at 1170 North Solano; or items can be picked up by calling Majie Powey at 575-740-0421 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.