CYFD families receive holiday gifts

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Individuals, local school children and teachers, and the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center employees have donated enough food and gifts to make 23 New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department families happy this Christmas.

“I had 23 families on my list,” said CYFD administrative assistant Pat Zamora. “All the people who adopted families at Thanksgiving kept them for Christmas.”

Zamora even had to turn away some people who wanted to donate items.

Rana Weaver at Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center organizes a food and toy drive up at the facility west of the Tech campus.

“They don’t adopt any particular family,” Zamora said. “They bring in extra food and gifts.”

Whatever food is left over is put into CYFD’s food pantry.

“This year, my pantry got really low,” she said. “Times are hard. I had a lot of people who needed extra help with food.”

Zamora is grateful for the help the community provides.

“People never cease to amaze me,” she said. “We even had three Christmas trees donated. There are a lot of generous people in town. The wonderful people of Socorro always help out. I can’t thank them enough.”