Holiday-Time Invitations to Support Bosque School’s Community Partners

The holiday season is fast approaching. Many Albuquerque families are grappling to devise their own holiday financial strategies in the wake of a months-long pandemic that drained bank accounts for many.  According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2020 Kids Count report, New Mexico dropped to 50th in child well-being in the nation, down from 48th in 2018 and 49th in 2019.    The trickle-down impact of COVID-19 is concerning local organizations that depend on the generosity of donors to ensure all families have what they need.   
Bosque School’s commitment to community and service learning extends beyond the classroom and related organized projects for engaging students in social issues.  Below are two invitations to support families with limited resources and extensive needs connected to our circle of partners. There are opportunities to lend a hand and extend help at this time of acute struggle. 
  1. Cesar Chavez Community School provides annual Thanksgiving food boxes and donations to their high school students and families who are struggling to put food on the table. We have come to know what a stressful time the holiday season can be for our families and particularly now, during a pandemic. Through food gift cards, we strive to help relieve the uncertainty and spark joy in the support of our community.  More information here.  Deadline for in-person or mail delivery is Nov 19.
  2. For over 48 years, PB&J Family Services has been helping at-risk children grow and develop to their full potential in nurturing families within a supportive community. PB&J has launched an Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish program! Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor from the community in order to provide them unwrapped gifts for the holidays. Wish lists with names of each family, clothing and shoe size, and special interests are provided as suggestions for sponsors.  Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7.