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Students Collect Food, Clothing for Those in Need

In December, CNM student members of SkillsUSA, Phi Theta Kappa and the Executive Council of Students joined in the holiday spirit to organize drives for donated goods for distribution by Joy Junction, the Storehouse and the Bernalillo County Council of the Parent Teacher Association (BCCPTA). Food, clothing, school supplies, toys and other items were collected to aid children, the homeless, working poor families and other beneficiaries of these charitable organizations.

Sep 01, 2016

Students Collect Food
In December, CNM student members of SkillsUSA, Phi Theta Kappa and the Executive Council of Students joined in the holiday spirit to organize drives for donated goods for distribution by Joy Junction, the Storehouse and the Bernalillo County Council of the Parent Teacher Association (BCCPTA). Food, clothing, school supplies, toys and other items were collected to aid children, the homeless, working poor families and other beneficiaries of these charitable organizations.

Members of the CNM chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, along with representatives of ECOS, the CNM student government organization, gathered clothing and other items for donation to the BCCPTA and the Storehouse. The BCCPTA Clothing Bank has been helping Albuquerque Public Schools students and their families since 1950. Eligible students from kindergarten through 12th grade can visit the Bank twice a year to receive sets of suitable clothing for school, in addition to books, toys and school supplies. The Storehouse, the largest food pantry in New Mexico and one of the largest in the U.S., serves over three million meals per year to needy New Mexicans.

Meanwhile, SkillsUSA students in many of the programs in the School of Applied Technologies competed to collect the most food for Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency shelter for homeless women, children and families. Students from the carpentry and electrical trades groups tied for first place in the competition to raise the most pounds of food for Joy Junction. Non-food donations collected by this group were turned over to the Phi Theta Kappa/ECOS drive, which in return passed on food items to the SkillsUSA effort.

Altogether, the drive took in more than 1,100 pieces of miscellaneous clothing, 136 coats, 65 pairs of shoes, 152 food items, 268 toys and numerous other donations, according to Donna Trujillo of CNM's Center for Community Programs and Partnerships (C2P2). All items were delivered to the Storehouse and the BCCPTA on December 17, in time for distribution this past holiday season, when they were needed more than ever. Donna also points out that CNM students and their families are among the populations served by these organizations.