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TO THE EDITOR:

It’s Christmas time again, and for the past several years, the Artesia Police Department, Artesia Fire Department, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Eddy County Volunteer Fire Departments and many other volunteers from similar organizations have helped sponsor the “Shop with a Hero” program.

This event gives the less fortunate children in our community the opportunity to take part in a wonderful and positive experience they will cherish for years to come. The children are given a $100 gift card to spend and a partner from one of the above agencies to spend time with. A parade, a visit with Santa Claus, and Christmas treats are also a part of the evening.

The continuation of this program is not possible without the support of our community. Together, we can make this experience possible for 50 to 100 children this year. In years past, we have taken around 100 children per year shopping from schools within and just outside the city of Artesia.

The Shop with a Hero Committee understands times are tight; therefore, a monetary donation would be appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to this outstanding cause, please make your tax-deductible donation out to:

“Shop with a Hero”
3300 W. Main St., Ste. E
Artesia, N.M. 88210

If you have any questions, please call 575-746-5000 and ask to speak to Det. Gracie Gonzales or Cmdr. Ricardo Huerta.

Thank you for supporting the children in our community.

Cmdr. Lindell Smith
Artesia Police Department