Volunteer reminds residents purpose of Christmas

By Angela Peacock

Remembering the true meaning of Christmas has some area businesses and organizations on a mission to make a difference in someone’s life.

Allen Angel has been a member of the Tucumcari Knights of Columbus for 10 years. His organization is designed to serve the community, but he said of all the volunteer activities and youth projects he’s served in, the annual holiday events are always extra special.

“What really made my Thanksgiving this year was we had a family come to us who had children that hadn’t eaten in three days, but because we were providing a free meal those children weren’t hungry any longer,” Angel said.
“Those who are more fortunate than others sometimes take what we have for granted. We’re so focused on who is going to receive the most expensive gift that we loose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.”

Knights of Columbus has done holiday charity work for the Treatment and Foster Care Agency for four years. Saturday they will work with other area sponsors to host a new activity called the “Festival of Trees.” In this activity, area businesses can decorate a tree which will be judged for a first, second and third place certificate and trophy. For more information on how to make a donation call Allen Angel at 487-7588.

The program will have musical performances along with food and drinks for everyone, but sponsors encourage people to focus on the Christmas Wish Tree. The tree will be decorated with Christmas angels who each contain an name of a needy child. Volunteers who take an angel from the tree then give a toy to the child whose name is on their angel.

“This event is about happiness and about sadness. There are about 120 children in the Treatment and Foster Care Agency just in Quay County,” Angel said. “So what’s also important to remember is the community must work as a team if we really want to reach as many needy children possible this holiday season, because seeing the looks of joy on their faces makes it all worth while.”

For the past five years Sherry Green, husband Tom, their family and friends have visited Tucumcari during the holiday season not only to provide free entertainment to area residents, but to also remind the community not to forget those who are in need this holiday season. The annual musical performance is made possible by area businesses who invite the Green’s to perform their “Cowboy Christmas” concert as a gift to the community. The event is free and open to the public. All donations received at the performance are given to La Casa De La Hope, which Green said is given the opportunity during the Cowboy Christmas concert to share with the community what their organization does to assist the needy.

“The people in Tucumcari appreciate the acoustic music we play. They identify with that type of music and we usually have a pretty good cross section of community members who show up,” Green said.

Sherry and Tom have been traveling the country and performing together for 31-years, and both their sons now have careers in the music. Sherry wants the people of Quay County to know how special they are to her family. She said her oldest son Rock, a music teacher in Hawaii, is coming to New Mexico for the performance.

“The Christmas concert we do is uniquely different than any of our other performances, but people of all ages and backgrounds seem to look forward to the concert,” Sherry said.