It has often been said, “it takes a village.” That cannot be more evident than the support we received during our homeless veteran drive during summer conference. In 2015, The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness estimated there is an average of 800 homeless veterans on the streets every year. This year, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau collaborated with the New Mexico Chapter of Casualties of War to host its first drive for our homeless veterans. This was a great way to give back to our veterans who are in need. Donations received included socks, backpacks, snacks, toiletries bottled water and so much more. Donations were separated and were distributed state wide; and could not have been more needed at that time- monsoon season. A big “Thank you” goes out to Dona Anna and Hidalgo Counties who went above and beyond for the drive. Not only did we received donations, counties allocated money to personally purchase items and even ran an ad in the local paper. The response we received was amazing.
It never surprises me how generous and compassionate Farm Bureau members are, and this time was no different. Times where we come together to help our community, our state, those are the times that truly matter. It definitely makes me Farm Bureau Proud.