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Blanket donation drive underway

Mid-West N.M. CAP together with Head Start, is conducting a blanket donation drive. The blankets will be distributed to families with children, and senior residents age 55 and over. Donated items can be brought to the office at 904 String St. (the old AIM High), or arrangements can be made for pickup.

For more information, contact Florie Baca or Susan Martinez at 575-835-0899.


Football game hamburger fry

The Socorro High School Environmental Science Club will be selling hamburgers and posole at Saturday’s football game between the Warriors and

Las Vegas Robertson. Proceeds for the event benefit students traveling to Brazil next Spring. The sale takes place from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The game kicks off at 2 p.m. For more information, call Vanetta Perry at 835-0300.

Volunteers needed
to be advocates

Volunteers are needed to provide advocacy and oversight for abused and neglected children who are in the state’s custody. Citizen Review Board members are from all walks of life. Volunteers meet one day a month in their local community and review several cases of children who are in the foster care system.

To volunteer, or for more information, visit; write to N.M.

Child Abuse and Neglect Citizen Review Board, P.O. Box 30228, Albuquerque, NM 87190-0228; or call toll-free 866-857-2976.

Tax bill descriptions being expanded

In order to save the taxpayers printing, mailing and processing costs of mailing tax bills totaling $10 or less, both the Assessor’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office have expanded the legal descriptions on all 2009 tax bills. This method gives property owners a way of verifying for which properties they are paying taxes. If the legal description does not include all properties, the remainder of the tax bill may be for some properties with taxes that total $10 or less.
For more information, contact the Socorro County Treasurer’s Office at 575-835-1701.


Warriors host playoff game

The Socorro High School Warriors football team hosts the Robertson Cardinals today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at Eddie Castañeda Field in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament. Ticket prices to state tournament games are set by the New Mexico Activities Association and are $8 for adults and $5 for students or seniors.

Toys for Tots drive under way

New Mexico Tech’s Chemical Engineering Department, AIChE and the 2013 Chemical Enginerring Class are sponsoring a toy drive to provide gifts for needy children. Toys should be new and in the original packaging, do not gift-wrap donations. Drop-off points are at the following locations:
Saturday/Nov. 21, Noon to 6 p.m. — Fidel Center on the Tech campus and Socorro’s Historic Plaza.
Saturday-Sunday/Nov. 28-29, Noon to 5 p.m. — Wal-Mart Thursday/Dec. 3, 5:30-7 p.m. — MSEC 367 on the Tech campus.
Throughout the month of November, donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in MSEC 300A on the Tech campus.
More dates and locations may be added at a later time. As the information becomes available, it will be included in the Community Calendar section, which appears on Page 2 of each edition of El Defensor Chieftain.
For more information, contact Karen at 575-835-5412.

Gifts for soldiers

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Supporters of the N.M. National Guard plan to mail 15-20 care packages to the 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which was deployed to Iraq. The packages will contain items such as nuts, hard candy, caramels, and more.
Community members, organizations and schools are being asked to write letters to the soldiers in the 515th and others in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Letters or cards must be dropped off by Dec. 9 at the following locations: El Defensor Chieftain, Mountain Mail and Socorro Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact Peter Romero, 575-418-1331; Valerie Moore, 575-835-2026; Della Vega, 575-418-8145; or Ann Baca, 575-835-2730.


San Miguel Giving Tree

San Miguel Parish is again sponsoring the Giving Tree for the needy in Socorro.
Participating agencies include the Children, Youth & Families Department; Puerto Seguro; El Puente del Socorro; La Vida Felicidad; Healthy Family Initiatives; Good Samaritan Society of Socorro; and the Literacy Volunteers of Socorro.
Gift tags can be picked up from the Giving Tree at the back of the church and side chapel.
Gift-wrapped items, with the tag taped to the top, must be returned to the church no later than Friday, Dec. 18. This will give the agencies time to distribute the gifts before Christmas.
There are many items that children can give as well. Most of these gifts are for a specific person, so please make sure that if you pick up a tag, you return a gift so no one will be left out.
For more information, contact Valerie Moore at 575-835-2026 evenings.

Safety tips for shoppers

Attorney General Gary K. King’s Consumer Protection Division offers New Mexicans tips for holiday shopping beginning with Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
• Do your homework. Be clear on what you are purchasing.
• Check the return policy at store’s you shop.
• Get a gift receipt.
• Take ads with you and read the small print in the advertisements.
• Compare prices in advance.
• Check online for coupons.
• When using your credit card on the Internet, use a business you know and trust.
The AG’s Consumer Protection Division reminds you to carefully guard your personal and private information including credit card, Social Security and driver’s license numbers.
To learn how to protect yourself from scammers and identity thieves, visit the AG’s Web site at for down-loadable booklets and pamphlets on Scams, Identity Theft, Counterfeit Checks and more.