The 19th Annual Coats for Kids project distributed 4,322 children’s jackets at this year’s event, held on November 23rd at the Convoy of Hope. Long-term partners include Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM), USBank, Comet Cleaners, Gold 101, and D2 Design.
Local businesswoman Karen Bailey, a Vice President with USBank, has served as project coordinator for many years. “We have distributed over 35,000 coats to children from newborn through the 5th grade since the program began in 1995,” Karen says. “This program would not be successful without the generosity of the Las Cruces Community.”
Coats for Kids is an annual event that gives low-income children an opportunity to register for and receive new or gently used winter jackets. CAASNM staff coordinate with school social workers and counselors in the Las Cruces, Gadsden, and Hatch school systems to identify children aged 12 and under who are eligible. 2,812 children were pre-registered through their schools; because of the partnership with Convoy of Hope, volunteers were able to distribute a total of 4,322 coats, just in time for the snowy winter weather that day.
CAASNM is a non-profit corporation dedicated to building self-reliance for low-income New Mexicans by connecting our community to high-impact programs that encourage family wellness, empower families and bridge resources.
CAASNM has served the community for nearly five decades with high-impact programs to move people out of poverty and build self-sufficiency. Its vision is a community where opportunity exists for all to become self-sufficient. Its purpose is to be a voice for underrepresented populations, mobilize communities, advocate for the poor, and work with the community to better the resources and lives of the people who live in it. CAASNM is an active partner with dozens of businesses and other agencies in its service area that work to improve the quality of life for the community. CAASNM also serves as a catalyst for change by helping new programs launch and sustain themselves. Focus areas are Family Empowerment, Bridging Resources, Family Wellness and Community Connections.
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