In light of their latest episode, Deserted, Charlie and Andra sought out advice from the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.
Executive Director Lorraine Gomez shared her insightful thoughts into the needs of the El Paso community when it comes to caring for children who are at risk for neglect or abuse.
The center has been in operation since 1980 and offers many services that El Pasoans may not be aware of. One of their most important services is drop in, no questions asked, childcare for parents who are in need of a break from their children.
If you would like to donate or help the Child Crisis Center, or if you are in need or their assistance, please visit their website or call them at (915) 562-7955.
You can also help the Child Crisis Center of El Paso by supporting their Discovery Thrift Shop located at 9122 Dyer Street in the Bradley Shopping Centre.
Staff Report November 29, 2018NewsComments Off on Chihuahuas, Chick-fil-A to Partner for ‘Paws for Presents’ Toy Drive
The El Paso Chihuahuas and area Chick-fil-A restaurants present “Paws for Presents”, a holiday toy drive assisting the Child Crisis Center of El Paso and Jardin de los Niños in Las Cruces.
“We hope the El Paso and Las Cruces communities will come out and support the Paws for Presents Toy Drive so that we can bring some holiday cheer to those who are going through difficult times,” said Chick-Fil-A Operator Edgar Ortega. “In Chick-fil-A, our goal is to inspire people to take good care of each other. We look forward to seeing the joy on the faces of the people who are touched by our community’s generosity.”
The drive started Tuesday, November 27th and continues through Saturday, December 15th. The Chihuahuas and Chick-fil-A request all gifts be new and not gift wrapped for children up to the age of 12.
“The Chihuahuas are proud to partner with Chick-fil-A on this special toy drive to help give kids in our region a smile and some toys during the holidays,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the seven El Paso Chick-fil-A locations, the three Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces or the Chihuahuas Team Shop.
The Team Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Any monetary donations can be made at the Chihuahuas Team Shop located at Southwest University Park. Monetary donations will not be accepted at Chick-fil-A locations.
The Child Crisis Center was opened in 1980 and serves to “protect children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy and family support services,” according to the website.
Jardin de los Niños opened in 1995 and serves to provide education, intervention and services to homeless or near homeless children.
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Chick-fil-A Sunland Park Mall 750 Sunland Park Dr.
Chick-fil-A Mesa Street 7597 N. Mesa St.
Chick-fil-A North Hills 10721 Gateway South Blvd.
Chick-fil-A Airway 1300 Airway Blvd.
Chick-fil-A Cielo Vista Mall 8401 Gateway West
Chick-fil-A Zaragoza 1840 N. Zaragoza Rd.
Chick-fil-A Montana 12240 Montana Ave.
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Chick-fil-A Mesilla Valley Mall 700 S. Telshor Blvd. #1254, Las Cruces
Chick-fil-A University 1105 E. University Ave., Las Cruces
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Guest Columnist November 6, 2018NewsComments Off on 210th RSG Soldiers Deliver Goods, Services to Child Crisis Center of El Paso
Army Reserve Soldiers of the 210th Regional Support Group, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, donated a hefty sum of diapers, baby wipes, and miscellaneous child care goods to the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.
As the foremost entity of the Fort Bliss Mobilization and Deployment Brigade/Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, the 210th RSG is also committed to serving the local community of El Paso.
“This was a joint effort between the 210th RSG, the Soldier Readiness Processing Center (SRPC), the Mobilization Support Unit, Gemini Tech Services, Luke and Associates Inc., and Magnificus-Sterling Corporation,” said Capt. Jerald Bodden, executive officer of the SRPC. “Overall, we collected 1,978 diapers and 5,940 baby wipes.”
The initiative began when Bodden and other Soldiers of the 210th RSG contacted the military programs director of CCC – El Paso to proffer their donation drive.
“(The 210th RSG) reached out to us and said that they wanted to give back to the community,” said Lorraine Gomez, chief executive officer of CCC – El Paso. “We are honored to be the recipients of this wonderful community project.”
Furthermore, Gomez expressed how grateful she and the rest of her organization is for the 210th RSG’s altruistic endeavor.
“For us, it’s truly exciting, and it never gets old,” Gomez said. “When we see people like you all come through our doors and bringing these supplies, it means that we don’t have to purchase those supplies out of our own funds, which are very limited to begin with. It’s priceless to us for that same reason, because everything that comes through our doors goes right back out into the community, whether it’s through goods or services.”
According to Bodden, his motivations to assist the CCC – El Paso also stem from an erstwhile event and his own personal life experiences.
“A few years back, I heard about a Soldier and his wife that were killed in a motor vehicle accident,” Bodden said. “I was looking for a local organization I knew truly helped out the community, and the Child Crisis Center of El Paso is one of the few that caters toward the military as far as taking care of Soldiers’ kids. I’m a single father, so all of this resonated with me and I’ve been donating for them ever since.”
Although the organization’s chief program is its Circle of Love Nursery and Children’s Shelter, the CCC – El Paso harbors a variety of other programs and services in the vein of parental stress relief (respite), parent/sibling hospitalization, child care during training exercises, homelessness, deportation, and Temporary Child Protective Placement.
“We’re very big in ensuring that we share all of the services that we have, because a lot of people think we’re just an emergency shelter,” Gomez said. “However, we also provide a lot of the preventive services and programs such as our Military Family and Veteran Prevention Program (MFVPP).”
The 210th RSG plans to organize additional events with the CCC – El Paso in the future, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
“We want to extend our sincere gratitude, and we hope that this is the beginning of something else to come,” Gomez said. “We want everybody to know that we truly care about our troops, our military families, and for those who’re deployed and the moms and dads that remain home. If anything comes up for these families who have these stressors every single day, please contact us and let us help you.”
According the the center’s facebook page, any and all food donations, as well as hygiene items will be accepted. Below is a portion of their post, with specific items requested:
“Hello everyone. We are running low in our food pantry. We are in need of canned meats (roast beef, chicken, tuna etc.), pasta, pasta sauce, sugar, flour, bread, soups, mac n cheese, juice, cooking oil, rice, cereals, hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, body wash). If you can help we would greatly appreciate it.”
Donations can be dropped off at 2100 North Stevens.
The Child Crisis Center of El Paso provides emergency shelter, family support services, and family education and prevention services for children from birth through age 13, suffering from abuse and neglect.