Los Alamos County and UWNNM Partner on CommuniTree Campaign to Help Families Affected by Wildfires in Northern New Mexico

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. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County and the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) have partnered for the CommuniTree Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes campaign, running through December 31st.

The focus of the campaign is on collecting warm-weather clothing and everyday items, as well as raising funds for families affected by the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire and subsequent flooding in Taos, San Miguel and Mora counties earlier this year were.

The “CommuniTree” hanging on the wall just off the lobby of the community building across from the Customer Care Center at 1000 Central Avenue. The tree is decorated for the occasion and includes the names of several nonprofit organizations working hard in northern New Mexico to help with the recovery efforts following the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire. The fire burned 341,735 acres last spring and summer, destroying at least 903 buildings and damaging 85 others.

The promotion started on November 22nd and ends on Friday December 30th. The community can donate directly using the links provided, or simply scan the QR codes on the flyer below for easier 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.

“We hope the community will remember how lucky we were this summer after the Cerro Pelado fire and consider opening their hearts and giving to our close neighbors who weren’t so lucky,” UWNNM said -CEO Monica Griego. “If you’re 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 normal business hours from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parish building is closed on weekends and November 24-25 for Thanksgiving and December 26 for the Christmas holidays.

Items needed to help families of northern New Mexico fire victims this winter:

Please only deliver new, unopened items. Please do not pack any items. Dropping off donations in the lobby of the parish hall at CommuniTree, 1000 Central Avenue.

  • 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

Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes information flyer with information and links to donors. Courtesy/LAC