Organizations throughout New Mexico received support and donations from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) to help community members and make an impact on those that need it most this holiday season.
“We invest in our communities and families to make an impact on the health and wellness of our state,” said Janice Torrez, incoming BCBSNM president. “This year it was more important than ever to extend our resources to those in need during the holiday season. We value the partnerships we have with our community partners to extend our reach in helping New Mexicans.”
Seniors, veterans, individuals experiencing homelessness, children, and tribal communities received donations from BCBSNM this year. Holiday stockings, candy, supplies, hygiene kits and gifts were collected and distributed to the following community partners in Albuquerque, Belen, Los Lunas, Moriarty, Las Cruces, Cochiti Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo:
- Ladera Center, Genesis HealthCare
- Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center, Genesis HealthCare
- Veterans Administration
- Albuquerque Indian Center
- Rio Grande Food Project
- First Nations Community HealthSource
- The Rock at Noon Day
- PB&J Family Services
- University of New Mexico Hospitals North Valley Clinic
- Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
- Bethel Storehouse
- H2 Academic Solutions
- Valencia Shelter Services
- New Mexico Department of Health Public Health Division
- Laguna Community Foundation
- Cochiti Community Health
“H2 Academic Solutions Scholarship Fund would like to thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico for their donation of basic-need supplies that not only meet the physical needs of the community but also the mental well-being of each person,” said Noelle Chavez, co-director of H2 Academic Solutions. “We are grateful for the coloring books and supplies for children who need something fun to do over the holiday break.”
BCBSNM also donated funds to Silver Horizons in Albuquerque. Silver Horizons’ mission is to provide critical help to low-income seniors with food, utilities, and home repairs and retro fits. Each month, these three core services assist approximately 4,000 seniors.
Additionally, employees contributed more than $7,000 as part of Operation Back to School and provided school supplies for 1,900 students and 32 teachers at eight schools in Albuquerque, Moriarty, Ruidoso and Eunice.