Seven West El Paso businesses receiving toys, food and blankets for needy families this Christmas

IMG_0780Seven West El Paso businesses have signed up to as drop off points for toys, blankets, coats and non-perishable items for the Tree of Hopes Christmas food and toy distribution project on December 22.   They include Avila’s Mexican Food Restaurant, 6232 Mesa; Starbucks at Sunland Park and 6015 N. Mesa; Starbucks at Redd Road and I-10 West (5650 Desert Blvd); AlphaGraphics, 6303 N Mesa St; CVS Pharmacy, 680 E Redd Road; Ardovino’s Pizza 2, 865 N Resler Dr M; and Charlie Clark Nissan, 6451 S Desert Blvd.  The deadline to donate is December 20

On December 22, 2018 Tree of Hopes of El Paso and Mexico are planning a special Christmas food and toy distribution project in far northwest Juárez near the Santa Teresa Bridge border crossing.  With the support of Rotary Clubs in El Paso, Tree of Hopes plans to help needy families living in one of the poorest areas of the city along the Texas-New Mexico border with Mexico.  Last Christmas the group’s founder and Past President of the Rotary Club of El Paso, Rick LoBello, saw firsthand the great need so many people in this area experience when he helped the Comedor Aposento on Christmas Eve.  Volunteers distributed blankets and food baskets and toys donated by Service Systems and Associates Safari Outfitters gift shop at the El Paso Zoo. This year Tree of Hopes is inviting friends, Rotarians and others who are interested to be a part of an expanded effort on December 22.  The organization needs help in raising funds to purchase food items and other items like toys and blankets.  Donations of toys, non perishable food items, clothes and blankets are also being accepted between now and December 20.

To learn more visit treeofhopes.com or send a text message or email to Rick LoBello at 915-474-1456 (Send a text to arrange for a call) or ricklobello@gmail.com.

The mission of Tree of Hopes is to support humanitarian efforts to help needy families living along the US Mexico border in the Juarez, Chihuahua – El Paso, Texas region.

 

Thank you AlphaGraphics

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We would like to thank of Edgar Granado and Ana Basurto of AlphaGraphics (6303 N Mesa St) for donating the design and printing of the poster we are using to promote our Christmas Toy and Food Distribution project.    The poster features one of the families we are helping with food this year.   Everyone in our community helping in their own special way is important to this effort.  AlphaGraphics is also a drop off point for non perishable food items, blankets, winter jackets and toys.   Please make your donations before December 20.

Four more drop off points in West El Paso

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We are happy to report that four more businesses have signed up to join Avila’s Mexican Food Restaurant as drop off points for toys, blankets, coats and non-perishable items for our Christmas food and toy distribution project on December 22.   They include AlphaGraphics, 6303 N Mesa St; CVS Pharmacy, 680 E Redd Road; Ardovino’s Pizza 2, 865 N Resler Dr M and Charlie Clark Nissan, 6451 S Desert Blvd.   Please remember that the deadline to donate is December 20.

Thank you so much for all of your help.  Let’s remember the life of President H.W. Bush this Christmas by becoming points of light in our community.

Update – Christmas food and toy distribution project

Avila’s Mexican Food Restaurant at 6232 Mesa, El Paso will be a collection point for the Tree of Hopes Christmas Food and Toy Distribution Project.

They will accept non perishable food items, blankets, winter jackets and toys Monday to Thursday 11am to 2pm and 4:30 to 8:30pm, Friday to Saturday 11am to 8:30pm and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Donations can be made online at anytime between now and December 20.

Special thanks to Andy Avila and his staff for all of their help.

Tonight on Univision – 10pm

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Founding Tree of Hopes board member Nestor Ramirez was interviewed today for tonight’s 10pm News Program on Univision Channel 26.  During the interview he told Univision “we want to help people in great need in far northwest Juarez that most people in El Paso do not know.  We need food, blankets, toys and money to help us with our Christmas food and toy distribution project .

Donations can be made online and  non perishable food items, blankets, winter jackets and toys can be dropped off at Avilas Mexican Food Restaurant, 6232 Mesa, El Paso Texas Monday to Thursday 11am to 2pm and 4:30 to 8:30pm, Friday to Saturday 11am to 8:30pm and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Thank you Univision and all the people who make this media outlet such an important part of our community.  Channel 26 broadcasts its Spanish news program across the Juarez-El Paso metroplex.   During the last quarter of 2017 it was the number one Spanish network.

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Helping families in need this Christmas

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Tree of Hopes is planning a special Christmas food and toy distribution project in far northwest Juárez near the Santa Teresa Bridge on Saturday, December 22, 2018.  We hope to help needy families living in one of the poorest areas of the city along the Texas-New Mexico border with Mexico.  Last year I saw first hand the great need so many people in this area experience when I helped the Comedor Aposento on Christmas Eve.  We distributed blankets and food baskets and toys donated by the the Service Systems and Associates Safari Outfitters gift shop at the El Paso Zoo. This year I am inviting friends, Rotarians and others who are interested to join me on December 22. Tree of Hopes is working on a list of families to help and we hope to raise funds to purchase food items and other items like toys and blankets.

Sign up here before December 20 to help. For more information text or email me at 915-474-1456 (Send a text to arrange for a call) or email ricklobello@gmail.com.

If you can’t join us on that day three easy ways you can help besides signing up for the December 22 distribution program include:

  1. Making a tax deductible donation. 
  2. Liking our Facebook page. 
  3. Following our blog at treeofhopes.com

Welcome – Zaragoza Rotarians

Last month we were very happy to welcome the Zaragoza Rotary Club when they visited the Tree of Hopes Comedor Project.  Rotarians Claudia Urista and Ofelia Mletzko joined me for lunch in the Comedor with Velia Hernandez and Victor Villalobos and nearly 30 children.

Claudia and Ofelia treated everyone to pizza and cookies and gave each child school supplies.  Rotarians are working on many humanitarian projects in Juarez and we hope that they will continue to help families living in Anapra.

To help raise funds for all the important projects they are working including Rotacare, the Zaragoza Rotary Club of El Paso will present their First Annual Holiday Harmony Concert with internationally renown Italian Pianist Francesco Attesti. The concert will also feature Adian Salas, Opera Baritone, El Paso Native and UTEP Graduate.   Click here for ticket information.

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Currently, Francesco Attesti performs regularly in internationally prestigious concert halls [4] like: Philharmonia Hall of Saint Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Mozarteum of Salzburg, Philharmonie Essen, International Piano Festival of Warsaw, Sarajevo Winter Festival, Cambridge University, Leicester University, Columbia University in New York, Denver University in Colorado, and the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.

New water line installed

Volunteers helped put in a new water line for the Comedor Aposento Alto this week.  Special thanks to Manuel Payan seen here and Velia Hernandez’s son Nestor for all their help.

This is a great time of year to work on projects to help improve the Comedor complex.  We still need help repairing leaky roofs and donations to help with the cost of heating this winter.

Van donated by El Paso Church

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A badly needed used GMC 3500 van with air conditioning was recently donated to the Comedor by the Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana.  Tree of Hopes is always looking for volunteers to help continue efforts to help needy families at the Comedor in Juarez.   The van is already being used to help transport children to the facility.   You can donate online using our PayPal account and all contributions are tax deductible.

Special thanks to Arturo Rodriquez

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This month we are honoring Arturo Rodriquez.  Arturo is a contractor living in El Paso who was one of the first major sponsors of the Comedor dining room.   Here he is with his son Abel (far right) and Velia Hernandez’s son Gabriel (far left) at his home near Hueco Tanks State Park.   Tree of Hopes is always looking for volunteers to help continue efforts to help needy families at the Comedor in Juarez.   You can donate online using our PayPal account and all contributions are tax deductible.