Wed. Apr 24th, 2024


The high plains of Eastern New Mexico is no stranger when it comes to freezing weather and in the past months, has seen record freezing temperatures. For some, this could be an inconvenience and to others can be miserable times because of lack of warm clothing.

The Portales Community Outreach Program as well as the City of Portales Cultural Affairs Committee are conducting their annual coat, blanket and winter accessory drive from November 4 – 27.

One coat could give a child something to help them through this time of year and something that seems so little can mean so much more. To donate any kind of winter accessory all you have to do is take it to a nearby drop off site.

“Even if it’s just a handful of people we’re helping out, it’s worth it. All that’s left over is donated as well to those in need in other areas such as Juarez, Mexico,” Joe Parie.

Veda Urioste stated, “a lot of people think that the free Thanksgiving dinner we do every year is for specific people but we want everyone to come out and enjoy it. It’s been so rewarding to have people come out to socialize, grab a bit of food while waiting for Thanksgiving with their families. This is the 20th year and every time it gives me the same rewarding feeling”.

Drop off sites: Portales City Hall, Memorial Building and First United Methodists Church.

Distribution day will also be held on Thanksgiving Day at the Memorial Building during the 20th free Thanksgiving meal from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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