Friday, November 13, 2009

Send A Christmas Card To a Socorro Soldier

By John Larson
SOCORRO - Cindy Rivera, director of the city’s Socorro After School Program at Finley Gym, is on a mission.
“Christmas is just around the corner and we are on a mission to send Christmas cards to all Socorro soldiers serving overseas in the military,” Rivera said. “Wal-Mart has made a generous donation of the cards, which are being written and signed by every student, school system employee and city and county worker—that’s more than 2,000 of them.”
She said the After School kids will package and address them and send them on their way.
“But we need help in finding the names and units of all the service men and women,” Rivera said. “By our count there will be about 33 Socorroans serving over the holidays, but we don’t have all the names.”
Rivera has addresses for two bases in Iraq and two in Afghanistan at which members of the Belen and Socorro National Guard units are serving.
“If anyone knows of Socorro military personnel at other locations overseas, we need their addresses,” she said. “We can also include relatives of Socorroans, even if they live in another city or state. We plan on shipping at least 10 boxes of cards by November 25.”
Contact Cindy Rivera at Finley Gym between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or call 838-7537.
“We want every soldier from Socorro County to have Christmas cards. We expect to send the cards out right before Thanksgiving, so don’t wait,” she said. “I also want to personally thank Wal-Mart for helping us make this possible.”

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