ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Friday is the last day of class before winter break for Albuquerque Public Schools students. As families prepare for two weeks off, the district is partnering with the Albuquerque Rescue Mission to make sure thousands of kids have enough food to eat while school is out.
The staff at the Rescue Mission is planning to hand out toys and food gift cards to homeless students who attend public schools in Albuquerque.
The Rescue Mission has been collecting $5 to $10 gift cards to give to these students in need and the APS Title 1 Homeless Project will help distribute them.
The program serves about 2,500 students who live in a shelter, have lost housing, are “doubled up” with other families, or who have run away.
Organizers say they want to make sure students who normally eat at school have enough to eat at home.
“One of the most stable access to food for a lot of our students is free breakfast or free lunch so kids often times may miss meals,” said Patrick Scott, APS Title 1 Project liaison.
Some of the youngest kids who attend Friday’s event will receive toys, thanks to donations from the community.
Both APS and the Rescue Mission are still collecting gift cards if you would like to help out.
“Gifts from the Heart” will include gifts like toys for children ages five to 11 and those gift cards for food for students 12 and up.
The “Gifts from the Heart” event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission on 2nd Street. Santa, music and food will also be on hand.