To support economically disadvantaged students throughout Las Cruces Public Schools, Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center each recently donated hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies at two separate events earlier this month. The backpacks and supplies will provide 996 students with school supplies for the 2018-19 school year.

This is the 13th consecutive year MMC has made a back-to-school donation to LCPS and the second year MVRMC has made a similar back-to-school donation. The MMC donation took place Thursday, Aug. 2, at MMC, 2450 S. Telshor Blvd. and the MVRMC donation took place Monday, Aug. 6, at MVRMC, 4311 E. Lohman Ave.

  • Las Cruces Public Schools Community Outreach Liaison Brigitte Zigelhofer, with dark blue backpack, helps Memorial Medical Center employees form a line to help load 396 backpacks filled with school supplies onto a truck at MMC. The backpacks were donated by MMC to Las Cruces Public Schools, Thursday, Aug. 2, at Memorial Medical Center.
  • Memorial Medical Center employees and their families pose with staff from Las Cruces Public Schools and the nearly 400 backpacks filled with school supplies MMC donated on Thursday, Aug. 2 at Memorial Medical Center.
  • MountainView Regional Medical Center employees help load backpacks filled with school supplies into sorting bins. The 600 backpacks were donated by MVRMC to Las Cruces Public Schools, Monday, Aug. 6 at MountainView Regional Medical Center.
  • Employees from Las Cruces Public Schools and MountainView Regional Medical Center pose with 600 backpacks filled with school supplies at MVRMC. MVRMC donated the backpacks to students of Las Cruces Public Schools, Monday, Aug. 6at MountainView Regional Medical Center.
  • Students from Las Cruces Public Schools and their families attend a backpack distribution event at Valley View Elementary School on Aug. 9, 2018. Nearly 900 backpacks distributed were donated at the event, coordinated through the LCPS Project LINK program.
  • Students from Las Cruces Public Schools pose with their free backpacks on Aug. 9 at a backpack distribution event at Valley View Elementary School. Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center donated a total of 996 backpacks filled with supplies to students of the district in separate efforts.

“The longstanding Memorial Medical Center donation was the inspiration that led us to seek out even more donations this year. Their donations throughout the years have helped countless families in this community and we truly appreciate their continued support,” said LCPS Community Outreach Liaison Brigitte Zigelhofer. “With the growing demand for school supplies every year, we’re so grateful that MountainView has enthusiastically offered their support.”

All of the donations will be distributed to pre-registered families through the LCPS Project Link Homeless Education program. Many families received their backpacks and supplies on Thursday, Aug. 9, at a distribution event hosted by Valley View Elementary School. The backpacks benefit first through 12th-grade students at schools throughout the district.

Each of the donated backpacks is filled with age-appropriate school supplies and labeled according to grade level, said LCPS Lead Family School Liaison Yvette Enriquez.

In the past 12 years, MMC has donated more than 3,900 backpacks filled with school supplies which are collectively valued at more than $75,000. For more information, contact Enriquez at 575-527-5913.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net