The school supplies, and shoe styles, may have changed but not the pride and excitement in new supplies and clothes for that first day of school. Unfortunately, not all families can afford all the things children need to start the new school year on the right foot.
The Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, Rotary Club of Santa Fe del Sur and US Bank are partnering to help Santa Fe families in need.
For 17 years, the Villa Therese Catholic Clinic’s “Pack-to-School” program has helped Santa Fe-area families start the year with the necessary school supplies. With community contributions, they purchase new school supplies, a backpack and a gift certificate for clothes at J.C. Penny for approximately 150 students in grades K through 8. The average cost is $100 per student (students in upper grades require more supplies, while elementary students need less). The Rotary Club of Santa Fe del Sur “Shoes for Kids” program provides two pairs of shoes and a pair of socks for as many children as funds allow.
Here’s how you can help:
- Send a check made out to Villa Therese Catholic Clinic to: Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, 219 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Indicate that it is a donation for the Pack-to-School program. Donations are tax-deductible. Sponsor one child, a portion of the cost for one child, a family with three children, or a classroom. Donations of any amount will be appreciated.
- Or, go to any of the three USBank branches in Santa Fe (201 Washington Avenue, 600 San Mateo, or 3787 Cerrillos Road) and purchase raffle tickets for $1 each. Prizes include a night's stay at Buffalo Thunder; two rounds of golf and a cart from The Santa Fe Country Club; gas cards from Brewer Oil; a gift basket from Madre Soaps; or gift certificates from The Christmas Shop and Thunderbird on the Plaza, with more gifts coming in every day! USBank will match all funds collected for raffle tickets and will divide the proceeds between Pack to School and Shoes for Kids. The drawing will be held in July (date to be determined), and you don’t need to be present to win.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the clinic at 983-8561 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you on behalf of all the students!
Elaine Rivera and Teresa Sosinski are co-chairs of the Villa Therese Clinic Pack-To-School program.