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School Supply Drive Socorro County

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PRESS RELEASE:: Representative Gail Armstrong Announces Backpack Drive for House District 49


MAGDALENA, NM—Today Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Catron, Socorro, and Valencia) announced the launch of a backpack drive for New Mexico’s kids. Armstrong is partnering with Molina Healthcare on this effort to provide new backpacks to deserving students in House District 49.

“All students deserve to have the supplies necessary to help them learn,” said Armstrong. “Unfortunately, many families in New Mexico are struggling to meet basic needs and cannot afford to buy some school items like backpacks. We are asking New Mexicans across the state to donate new backpacks and give our children a good start to the new school year.”

Molina Healthcare has pledged to match the number of backpacks donated in District 49, up to 100 backpacks. Residents can drop-off their backpack donations at the following locations:

· Belen Community Center – Eagle Park, 305 Eagle Ln, Belen, NM 87002
· Socorro Public Library, 401 Park St, Socorro, NM 87801

Armstrong is also partnering with the Socorro County Community Alternatives ProgramSocorro County Sheriff’s Office, Socorro HeadStart, First State Bank, and El Defensor Chieftain on a school supply drive to collect items for both students and teachers in Socorro County.

****Items needed include school supplies, art materials, and classroom materials such as small bins, bulletin boards, staplers, and pencil sharpeners as well as tissues, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. *****

The following locations are accepting school supply donations:

· El Defensor Chieftain, 200 Winkler St., Socorro, NM 87801
· First State Bank, 103 Manzanares Ave E, Socorro, NM 87801
· New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Brown Hall, Socorro, NM 87801
· Socorro County Community Alternatives Program, 106 Center Street, Socorro, NM 87801
· Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Church St, Socorro, NM 87801

Donations at all locations will be accepted now through Friday, July 28, 2017. El Defensor Chieftain, First State Bank, and New Mexico Tech will continue to accept donations until August 11.

Armstrong will be joining representatives from these organizations on Saturday, July 29 at the Socorro Walmart on 700 6th St N from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. to collect additional back-to-school supplies. The supply drive will also be accepting donations at Walmart on Saturday, July 22.

Update 8/14/17:

Going back to school incurs so much expense between the supplies, clothes and shoes families can sink hundreds of dollars. These backpacks help take a small burden off the families. I love seeing people come together to help others. I know the people of District 49 are the best and when I was approached to partner with Molina Healthcare and YOU, I couldn’t wait. So we started collecting school supplies and put together over 300 backpacks. The residents of Socorro and Catron Counties who needed a little help got some thanks to you.