New Mexico Children’s Home holds annual pork chop breakfast

Alisa Boswell

The second day of the Roosevelt County Fair kicked off with the New Mexico Children’s Home annual pork chop breakfast at the Jake Lopez Building, which is held to raise money for the home’s 4-H team, the Shooting Stars.

Local residents piled into the building for a breakfast of pork chops, scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy along with coffee, orange juice and milk to drink.

NMCCH Director Rod Self said the only regret NMCCH personnel had was that they sold out the 300 meals they planned. He said next year, they will be ordering enough to sell 400 plates.

Self said last year, 263 plates were sold.

“I didn’t get to feed my staff this year. Usually, there’s leftovers,” Self said, laughing. “It’s the best it’s ever been. If we have 400 next year, I think we’ll still sell out.”

He said the breakfast raised about $2,400 for the 4-H team, which shows sheep, rabbits and pigs each year at the fair.

“The 4-H program is very good for teaching the kids responsibility and discipline,” said Charles Anderson, director of special services and previous home director. “They enjoy being in the sale. But it’s a little sad for them too, because they know it means their animals will be gone.”

Self said the Shooting Stars won grand champion reserve in the rabbit competition during the judging on Saturday. The other shows are this week.

“We’re really excited about that,” Self said. “It’s good for the kids to be involved. Even if they don’t win, it’s good training.”

Janice Culpepper, special operations coordinator, said 36 of the home’s 76 children participate in 4-H and they do all of the work with the animals under adult supervision.

“It teaches them to have teamwork and responsibility and how to complete a task,” she said.

Culpepper said the home has been holding the breakfast every year since 1999 to raise money for the 4-H, but also to connect with the community.

“It’s our way of saying thanks to the community,” Culpepper said. “We like to say it takes a community to raise children. We couldn’t do this without the community.”

Self said the breakfast continues to be more and more successful each year because of community support.

“Roosevelt County is very good to the Christian Children’s Home,” Self said. “They (residents) are the foundation of our success. They’re the greatest people.”