Rio Arriba County Creates Initiatives To Give Back

Recently, the newly formed Rio Arriba County All ‘Bout Communities Committee (RAC-ABC) has spearheaded two major initiatives. The first incentive, called Coats for Kids, is aimed at assisting elementary children in need of coats for the winter. The second is a Thanksgiving food drive, in which the County is selecting 10 local families in need and providing them with Thanksgiving meal items.

“The reason we have created this committee is because we felt that the citizens of Rio Arriba deserved to have something in place yearly, that would be focused on giving back to the community, especially to those in need,” said Erika Martinez, RAC Public Information Officer and committee chair. “ This will also give us an opportunity to reach into all the communities in the County and gain a more positive presence amongst the people.”

The public is invited to join these efforts by contributing new or lightly used coats for the coat drive until October 30th. They are also invited to contribute any non-perishable food items until November 13th. Drop boxes for both drives will be available at the Española RAC Annex, the Española Health Commons, the Tierra Amarilla RAC Administration Building and the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse.

According to Martinez, all drives will be geared towards RAC residents exclusively. Hopes are that other local entities will take interest and join the efforts of RAC.

“We are excited to pioneer something like this,” said County Manager Tomas Campos. “Our employees are always willing to contribute in any way possible, when it comes to benefitting our local citizens. I am excited to see the momentum this is going to gain.”

For more information, please call 505-753-2992.

-Erika L. Martinez