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Bank account, school to accept donations for Mesilla Park family displaced by fire

July 17, 2014

By James Staley, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

July 17--LAS CRUCES -- In the day after a fire left a Mesilla Park family homeless, many people around the community have expressed a desire to help.

Now they can.

A benefit account has been started for the Escobedo family and an elementary school principal has arranged to accept clothing and supply donations, then deliver them to the family.

Wednesday morning's fire destroyed the family's mobile home at the Summer Winds Trailer Park, 4801 S. Main St.

Fire investigators have not commented on what caused the blaze, but Carla Escobedo said her mother was preparing breakfast for her six small children when the microwave malfunctioned, starting a fire on an interior wall.

Escobedo was at work, but said her children and mother all escaped without injuries. They were able to save a dog and a puppy, but three other puppies died.

Escobedo said Thursday that her family had been contacted by the American Red Cross and stayed Wednesday night at a Las Cruces motel.

The Red Cross generally provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and prescriptions lost in fires or other disasters, said Beverly Allen, a Red Cross spokeswoman based in Albuquerque.

Wylene Saunders, manager of the Gospel Rescue Mission's Clothing Room, said her organization gave the family a bundle of clothing Thursday.

Beyond that, the family will have to rely on other sources for help.

Anybody wishing to give clothes or school supplies to the Escobedo children, ages 1-11, can drop them off at the cafeteria of Tombaugh Elementary School, 226 Carver Road, through Aug. 1, said first-year principal Annette NuÑez.

Here are the needed clothes sizes, NuÑez said: girls 12-24 months; 6-7; 12; 14-16.

Boys: 2-4; 8-10.

Because NuÑez is among the few employees at the school during the summer, she requested volunteers to help sort the clothes. She plans to have them taken to the family daily.

NuÑez can be reached at 575-527-9575 or via email at, she said.

The benefit account has been opened at Citizens Bank, an employee confirmed Thursday. Donations can be made in person at Citizens Bank. For more information, call 575-647-4100.

The Gospel Rescue Mission regularly helps families in similar situations, Saunders said. They are always accepting donations.

The Gospel Rescue Mission Clothing Room is located 1416 S. Solano Drive and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Said Saunders: "Whatever we have, we give."

James Staley can be reached at 575-541-5476


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