ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One way New Mexicans are helping to make a difference for kids across the state involves a cycle of giving that gets a lot of people involved in the process.
The Assistance League of Albuquerque has become a key donor for kids in custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department over the years. Over that time, they’ve donated $100,000 worth of goods to help supply babies and kids with important things like clothes, food, diapers and sippy cups for when they’re initially into custody, but haven’t yet gone to a foster home.
The cycle begins when New Mexicans give to the league’s thrift shop near Lomas and San Mateo. The league sells the items, then uses the money to provide for CYFD youth.
“Formula, baby bottles, sippy cups, blankets, clothes for all sizes. It goes up to age 18, food, any necessity CYFD needs, we put in an effort to help them and provide for them,” said ALA’s Robin Rook.
They also buy and donate new shoes, since most kids have either outgrown them or may not have any at all. Each is a small comfort that can make a big difference.
“They’ll run around, they say it makes them jump higher, run faster. Obviously there’s a need for shoes but it’s also something it does for their mind that’s incredible,” said CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson.
By donating old clothes or money, New Mexicans can help the ALA buy new ones. The group also accepts volunteers.
To shop at the store and donate that way, visit the shop near Lomas and San Mateo.