An­gel Tree tra­di­tions, Fasken chal­lenge and Taos Lion’s Club

The Taos News - - OBITUARIES - Malinda Wil­liams

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 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 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.

Ama­ (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

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