By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
On Saturday afternoon, 98 children were greeted by Santa Claus at the Wautonomah Hall. Each of the children was given a bag of goodies and a gift chosen especiallly for them.
This holiday cheer was made possible by the Angel Tree, supported by the Tucumcari Housing Authority, City Hall, and the people of Tucumcari.
The Tucumcari Housing Authority has been setting up the Angel Tree program at City Hall for the past six years.
The Angel Tree is put up inside of City Hall. Local residents come and take one of the angels off the tree. Each Angel holds the name and age of a child.
With the angel to guide them, Tucumcari’s residents are able to buy an appropriate gift for the child that was named on their angel and then bring the gift to City Hall — where the gifts wait for Santa to pick them up.
The program was begun to be sure that every child in the city’s housing units would receive a Christmas present.
“We are so thankful to the community for their help and generosity in helping make it a happy holiday for these children,” said Higinio J. Salas, president of the Tucumcari Housing Authority.
“We could not have done it without the help of Pat Diaz, Erma Diaz, Mary Maestas, members and employees of City Hall and the whole community. Everyone has worked so hard to get this program started and to see it through every year.”