County CommuniTree Campaign Helps Northern New Mexico Families Affected by Wildfires – Los Alamos Reporters

Assistant District Manager Linda Matteson and UWNNM Communications Specialist Megan Bucklin help launch the Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes campaign on the CommuniTree in the community building lobby. Photo courtesy of LAC


Los Alamos County and the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) have partnered for the CommuniTree Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes effort from November 21 to December 31 to collect warm-weather clothing, essentials and To raise funds for families affected by the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fires and subsequent flooding in Taos, San Miguel and Mora counties earlier this year.

The “CommuniTree,” located on the wall immediately adjacent to the lobby of the community building across from the Customer Care Center (1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos), is decorated for the occasion and includes the names of several nonprofit organizations serving North New Mexico to assist with recovery efforts following the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fires that burned 341,735 acres in the spring and summer of 2022, destroying at least 903 buildings and damaging 85 others.

The promotion starts on Tuesday 22nd November and ends on Friday 30th December. Direct donations can be made using the links provided, or simply scan the QR codes available for easy access. For those who would like to donate goods, there is a collection bin at the CommuniTree, a list of the desired items can be found below.

UWNNM Executive Director Monica Griego shared, “We hope the community will remember how lucky we were this summer following the Cerro Pelado fire and consider opening their hearts and giving to our close neighbors who are not.” Griego adds, “If you’re going shopping this Small Business Saturday and Cyber ​​Monday, don’t forget to extend your generosity to Giving Tuesday and donate!”

Donations in kind can be made during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The community building is closed on weekends, November 24-25 for Thanksgiving and December 26 for the Christmas holidays.

Items needed to help families of burn victims in northern New Mexico this winter

Please only deliver new, unopened items. Please do not pack any items.

Hand in the donations in the lobby of the parish hall at the CommuniTree.

(1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos)

  • Warm weather clothing – socks, mittens, jackets, hats, scarves
  • Toiletries – toothbrushes/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, combs/brushes, razors, shaving cream, sunscreen, lotion, lip balm
  • Clothing of different sizes for children and adults
  • Non-perishable foods
  • towels and washcloths
  • diapers and towels
  • Cover
  • Books

Video – The CommuniTree is decorated for the Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes campaign and adorned with QR codes that individuals can use to make direct donations to nonprofits helping families in northern New Mexico following the devastation of the 2022 fire season help.