Here’s a look at today’s news:
Part of National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy, Hidalgo Medical Services will be offering one Mental Health First Aid training in Silver City on Thursday, December 13th, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The 8-hour training course will take place at the HMS Silver City Community Health Center, located at 1007 N. Pope Street, and will provide people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. According to a release, “Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training contact Edith Lee, Chief Support Officer, at 575-597-2738.
The Luna County Coats for Kids Stuff the Bus campaign was held at the parking lot of Peppers Supermarket raised a total of $2,530 to purchase coats for children within the Deming Public School District last weekend. Last year the group provided 550 coats to kids in need and this year and topped that amount by providing 600 coats to Luna county children. Congratulations!
Paws and Stripes, a non-profit organization that matches military veterans with shelter dogs that have been trained as service animals, has received a $700,000 donation through the Janice M. Wilson Trust. According to a release, “Since 2010, Paws and Stripes’ mission has been to assist U.S. military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury as well as local shelter dogs, by proving integrative service-dog training and mental health support to veterans and their families.” The program has had 88 veteran/dog teams graduate, helped place over 130 shelter dogs into forever homes, and assisted 225 veterans and their families with services. Paws and Stripes is supported locally and statewide by the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
This weekend there are some special activities and events to explore in the area:
Silver City MainStreet is promoting Shop Small and the downtown shopping district with “Small Business Saturday”, from 10:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Silver City MainStreet will have a welcome station at The Hub, located at 600 N. Bullard Street where Shoppers can pick up a free canvas Shop Small tote and enter a free drawing for a $50 MainStreet gift certificate.
There’s Holiday Fiber Arts Sale on Friday and Saturday November 23rd and 24th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Grant County Convention Center in Silver City. Sponsored by the Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective, visitors will find high quality weavings, tapestries, quilts, silks and much more in all price ranges.
Kick off the Holiday Season at Downtown Silver City City’s 28th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade tomorrow night starting at 7:00 P.M. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas” and will feature a festive array of lighted floats including Santa Claus and a return of the Snow Queen! The event is brought to the community by Silver City MainStreet, Hidalgo Medical Services, and the Town of Silver City.