The small town of Deming in southern New Mexico declared a state of emergency in mid May, as they became overwhelmed by the massive task of feeding and sheltering the large numbers of refugees being dropped off in their town by border patrol agents. Deming is a 6 hour drive from Taos and is home to about 14,000 residents, located in one of the poorest counties in New Mexico. While the governor has sharply criticized this action by the Border Patrol, the people of Deming are heroically managing the situation as best they can on their own. They are also assisting the refuges in their quest to find more permanent living situations beyond New Mexico, and are driving refugees to the El Paso airport 90 minutes from Deming.
While there is a long list of daily essentials requested for donations like soap, toothbrushes, socks and t-shirts, we have chosen to raise funds specifically for outfitting the Deming shelter with an outdoor kitchen. We are purchasing and accepting donations of larger items like a commercial stove, washer/dryer and refrigerator, We are in close contact with the volunteer coordinator in Deming who is keeping us appraised of the shelter's needs which can change on a daily basis. on July 17th we leave for for Deming to deliver appliances and to purchase whatever else they may need.
We are requesting immediate financial donations of any size to assist us in aiding the people of Deming. We thank you in advance for your participation in our fundraising efforts. This site will be used to keep everyone updated.... Cheers and Love, Dianne and Angela.