COUNTY EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN DRIVES FOR FOOD AND BLOOD

COUNTY EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN DRIVES FOR FOOD AND BLOOD

Doña Ana County employees are making appointments to give the gift of life on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001. Bloodmobiles from United Blood Services will be on hand at the Doña Ana County Manager’s Complex that morning to take blood donations in honor of Judith M. Price, the county’s director of community development and two-time interim county manager.
Janine Divyak and Barbara Richards of the Community Development Department organized the drive in honor of Price, who is on sick leave while receiving treatment for a blood disorder. As of Monday, July 23, 2001, more than 40 appointments had been confirmed, and more were being scheduled. In an effort to promote the blood drive and recognize the source of its inspiration, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to read a proclamation at their July 24 meeting declaring Aug. 1 to be Judy Price Day in Doña Ana County.
In addition to the blood drive, county employees also are involved in a food drive proposed by County Commissioner Carlos Garza of District 1.
“By beginning this initiative now,” Garza said at a recent meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, “we can get the jump on other organizations and institutions that will likely instigate food drives in the weeks and days leading up to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. While those holiday food drives are necessary and thoughtful, the fact remains that our poorer residents are hungry all year round. Why should they have to wait until the holidays when we can do something now?”
Garza challenged county employees to gather non-perishable food donations, which will be stored in the Grand Lobby of the Manager’s Complex for late-summer distribution to homeless shelters and organizations that provide assistance for the County’s poorest residents.
Participation in both the blood drive and the food drive is voluntary. Divyak said that if the willingness to donate blood overwhelms United Blood Service’s ability to collect on Aug. 1, then other drives will be initiated in the future to allow all interested employees the opportunity to donate blood in Price’s name.
For more information about the blood and food drives, or to seek other information about county government, please call the office of Jess Williams, director of public information and special projects, at (505) 647-7229. Residents who live outside the Las Cruces calling area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200, extension 7229.