SATURDAY EVENT TO EDUCATE AND GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY

SATURDAY EVENT TO EDUCATE AND GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY

The Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department is coordinating a Health Fair on Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon in front of Lorenzo’s Pan Am restaurant on University Avenue.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of the five biggest drinking holidays of the year,” said Health and Human Services Department Director Silvia Sierra. “Because of this, the county has organized a health fair to educate the community about the dangers of alcohol consumption and some of the efforts that the county is offering to ensure a safe holiday.”

The Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department will provide alcohol-prevention tools and education. Project Home also will be promoted as a means of providing safe rides home for impaired drivers and their passengers.

Project Home is a collaborative initiative with Las Cruces Shuttle and Taxi by which a person or group who has been drinking can call (575) 524-TAXI to be picked up for a discounted ride home. For up to two people, the taxi fee is a flat $5 to any destination within Doña Ana County. For up to four people, the flat fee is $10. Grant funding pays the balance of the transportation charges.

Staff from both the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department and the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department will be on hand to display equipment and talk about what happens to the occupants of a motor vehicle in a DWI crash.

In addition to the health fair, there will be a shoe drive and car wash at the same location. The car wash is being staged by New Mexico State University pre-med students to benefit the Doña Ana County Youth Initiative. The Shoe Drive will help raise awareness of the need for shoes for youth in the county.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.