Angel Tree traditions, Fasken challenge and Taos Lion’s Club
Did you know Taos County has one of the highest percentages of children living in poverty? Approximately one-third of Taos County children live in poverty, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. During Community Against Violence’s 21st Annual Angel Tree Project, you and CAV can make a difference for approximately 500 of these children.
This project is organized annually by Loretta Romo. “Angel” cards have been filled out for individual children listing wishes and needs. Angel gifts need to be returned to CAV by December 14th to be matched up with each child.
By reading through some of these Angel cards one can begin to understand the level of need these children and teens have. With a little time and shopping, you can help make a child or teen’s holidays a little more joyous.
Some of them are simply asking for a warm coat that fits (sizes are given), warm shoes, clothes and other practical items. Some even ask for a warm blanket (these are the ones that make my heart ache). Some cards contain wishes in addition to the items needed, in case you, your family/friends would like to do more than basic needs. Some ask for “toys,” others may ask for particular items. Teens sometimes ask for a gift certificate or card, so they can choose their own item.
If you would like to have a wonderful impact on a child and inspire their hope, consider adding CAV’s Angel Tree to your family’s holiday traditions. Go to CAV’s main offices at 945 Salazar Road, Taos to choose an angel. Or donate money for last-minute gifts needed for children entering CAV’s emergency shelter during the holidays.
Double your donation, thanks to the Fasken Foundation. CAV is honored to receive a generous challenge grant from the Fasken Foundation.
They are willing to match donations before the end of the year, dollar for dollar, up to $12,000. Help us reach our annual fundraising goal. Every amount is greatly appreciated and increases the impact of your year-end
giving to support critical community services.
CAV’s newest community partner is the Taos Lions Club. The Taos Lions Club met with CAV, shared information and decided to support CAV’s work.
We were impressed that they’ve been serving the Taos community for over 90 years. With dedicated, active members, they continue important annual activities, including the Tio Vivo historic merrygo-round, popular Toast of Taos Wine Festival & Golf Tournament, annual scholarship program, KidsSight program to screen all pre-K through third-grade Taos County children for vision impairments and adult vision programs.
If you would like to be a part of Taos Lions Club, visit
TaosLions.org. Remember to thank them for supporting CAV’s children’s programs.
Lastly, while shopping locally this holiday season (and into the future), remember to shop first with CAV’s business sponsors. They support the programs of CAV which help us all have a safer community. You can find a listing of them at TaosCAV.org under the “about” tab.
When shopping online, without any additional cost to you, you can have a “bonus” donation go to help CAV’s programs. Go to Smile.
Amazon.com (not the main Amazon page) and designate “Community Against Violence” as your charity. Amazon will automatically donate a portion of proceeds to CAV from any eligible purchase you make. It’s easy. Use the AmazonSmile website on your phone instead of Amazon app. This simple change adds up to help CAV services.
Malinda Williams is the executive director of Community Against Violence, Inc. (CAV) which offers free confidential support and assistance for adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; community and school violence prevention programs; re-education BIP groups for domestic violence offenders; counseling; shelter; transitional housing; and community thrift store. To talk with someone or get information on services available, call CAV’s 24-hour crisis line at (575) 758-9888 or TaosCAV.org.