By Debbie Leschner
For the Mountain Mail
Toys for Tots Christmas Drive is being sponsored by the Western New Mexico Veterans Group of Quemado, and the group is led by Tony and Joan Shannon of Pie Town. This is the fourth consecutive year for the toy and food drive. Last year, more than 50 local families were helped by the drive.
This is a way for the community to help provide the children and families in our immediate area with the items they need for the holiday season. Donations of food for food baskets, unwrapped toys and warm clothing such as coats, scarfs, mittens and other items will be accepted.
A decorated Giving Tree will be located in the Country Store. The tree has tags hanging on it which will provide you with information to help select an item, like the age range of a child. In Quemado, donations may be dropped off at the County Store, Quemado Lake Fire Dept. or the Veteran's Hall located at the corner of Baca and Church Streets during the rummage sale days. For Pie Town donations, please call the Shannons at 575-772-2528.
Quemado Food Pantry will be on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Community Center, sponsored by the Datil Community Presbyterian Church. Two programs run simultaneously: the federally funded Commodities and a Food Fair. There are no eligibility requirements for the Food Fair, and you will receive about 50 pounds of food per household. You must arrive and sign up before 3:30 p.m.. You will then be called in order, so prepare to wait – but it is well worth it. Bring you own containers. Ice chests are recommended for frozen and refrigerated foods. There will be a food distribution the first Friday of every month at 3:30 p.m in Quemado, and in Datil at 11 a.m., Horse Mountain at 12:30 p.m., and Pie Town at 2 p.m.. You may attend any of these locations, but only one location per month. For more information, call Anne Schwebke at 575-772-5602. For local contact, call 773-4627 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you as soon as they can.
Quemado Senior Center Pool tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and Quilting and Bingo on Thursday, Dec. 2. There will be a van going to Gallup on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Please call ahead and let Diana know if you would like to go. Lunch for Monday – French dip; Tuesday – pot roast. Menu for the remainder of the week was not available at printing time. All seniors are welcome. Please call the center at 773-4820 before 9 a.m. to make your lunch reservations.
Quemado Schools: The elementary grades cookie and gift exchange will be on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Basketball games for the week: Boys Varsity team will be at the Cliff Tournament from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, The Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity teams will play an away game against Ramah on Thursday, Dec. 2, and another away game on Friday, Dec 3., at Pinehill at 4 p.m.