Local Organizations Join Forces To Help Homeless

Kiwanian Tim Glasco, Linda Daly and Don Casperson busy assembling clothing bags this morning at the IHM parish hall. LANL’s Community Partnership Office purchased the clothing from Desert Tees & Sports in Santa Fe, which owner Ralph Ortiz sold at cost. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Kiwanians from left, Cheryl Pongratz, Don Casperson and Jackie Beebe preparing boxes filled with bags of clothes for the homeless at shelters around the area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Partnership Office (CPO) provided 633 bags of new clothing for homeless people in the Santa Fe, Taos, Española the Los Alamos area.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos gathered this morning in the Parish Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road to pack clothing in each bag.

This morning’s operation took a village. Selena Valencia of the CPO made all the arrangements for purchasing sweatpants, T-shirts, socks and hats to fill the bags, IHM provided its parish hall for assembly, Los Alamos High School Key Club members helped pack bags, Southwest District Key Club donated 450 cloth drawstring bags (unused because of cancellation of their District Convention last spring) and Los Alamos Family Council donated boxes and labels.

Kiwanians are lined up to deliver the bags to seven homeless shelters including STE Men’s Shelter, STE Casa Familia, New Moon Lodge of Eight Northern Pueblos, H.E.A.R.T. of Taos, Española Pathways Shelter, Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico and Compassion Through Action.

Kiwanian Jackie Beebe assembles bags this morning with cloths to be distributed to homeless shelters in Northern New Mexico. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Kiwanians Don Casperson  and Cheryl Pongratz display bags donated by the Southwest District Key Club filled with clothes for the homeless this morning at IHM. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

This shipment of bags filled with clothes will be delivered to the Taos H.E.L.P. shelter, which requested 145 bags. The bags are labeled with the shelter destination and clothing size. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com