Easter Basket donations needed for children of Palomas, Chih. Mexico | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors
DEMING – La Luz de Esperanza is seeking donations of canned goods and Easter Baskets for the fast-approaching Easter Holiday.
Esperanza Lozoya has set up donation boxes at Peppers Supermarket in Deming and San Jose Grocery Store in Columbus to help feed people in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico and bring holiday joy to the children in need. Palomas is located 35 miles south of Deming and five miles south of the Village of Columbus, NM.
Easter is a religious celebration in Mexico and a time of celebration for children,” Lozoya said. “Here in Palomas there is a tremendous need for food, especially for the elderly, and many children who live in poverty.”
Lozoya is the founder of La Luz de Esperanza, dedicated to serving the Mexican border community in humanitarian efforts. The facility, located between Guenero and Buena Ventura streets, provides rural health checks by registered promotoras (community health care workers), providing meals for seniors and families in need and a clothing and shoe bank.
“We are handing out 90 meals a day,” Lozoya said. “Normally, we would have people dine-in, but because of the coronavirus we are handing out the take-home meals.” Lozoya added the Mexican officials have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lozoya’s humanitarian work is inspired by her parents. Lozoya was taught a specific set of morals from her late father Andrew Sanchez: “Never give up… todos somos hijos de Dios y ay que ayudar a projimo.” (“We are all children of God and there is a need to help those approximately”).
Lozoya’s father, Andrew Sanchez, raised his family in Columbus, N.M. Sanchez was well-known for charitable work with youth in the village. He founded the Andrew Sanchez Community Youth Center in Columbus.
“It’s hard to see how many line up for meals. Some elderly can’t get out and we send meals with others for them,” Lozoya explained.
The promotoras and volunteers also help the seniors with health checks by providing blood pressure, glucose, and temperature checks. The promotoras were trained by a medical staff from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Donations of other non-perishable food item will be accepted along with the canned goods.
“We are so close to Easter Sunday and we would love to have Easter Baskets donated for the children,” Lozoya said.
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