By Emily Crowe
The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, and some local families need a helping hand when it comes to properly preparing for winter weather.
Several Clovis and Portales agencies are accepting donations of winter coats, which will be given to men, women and children who do not have or cannot afford to purchase the cold weather gear.
“We give them away to everybody in the family,” said Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez. “Men’s, women’s, children’s, infant, just whatever we can get.”
Gomez said Lighthouse Mission is always accepting coat donations, though it is hard to keep up with the demand.
“You can never give away enough coats for the whole population that needs them,” he said.
Carolyn Lopez, clothing bank manager at Lighthouse, said volunteers do their best to make sure coats are gently used and not dirty before putting them out.
In addition, Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis is accepting coat donations to disperse to the community as the weather turns colder.
According to United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the Dream Center in Portales accepts gently used winter coats from generous donors.
The non-profit organization, which is managed and supported by Victory Life Church, is the only agency in Portales that provides free food, clothing, blankets and furniture to individuals in need.
407 L. Casillas Boulevard, Clovis
Matt 25 Hope Center
1200 N. Thornton Street, Clovis
222 N. Main Avenue, Portales