Community Connections represent collaborations between CAASNM and other community programs. Among just three of these partnerships are these: Coats4Kids, which provides warm winter jackets to nearly 3,000 children annually residing in southern New Mexico. The event has taken place since 1995, distributing a cumulative 33,000 coats to needy children in Dona Ana County. The Children’s Reading Alliance (childrensreadingalliance.org 575-522-3713) provides reading materials for are children so they have access to books and can foster reading at a young age. The Alliance also provides educational classes for parents encouraging children to read at a young age to help them be prepared for success in school and throughout their lives. Cancer Aid Resource & Education (CARE, carelascruces.org 575-649-0598) is an organization supported by CAASNM that is dedicated to providing resources, education, and support services that help many County cancer patients, children and adults while receiving treatment for cancer.