To support economically disadvantaged students throughout Las Cruces Public Schools, Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center each recently donated hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies at two separate events earlier this month. The backpacks and supplies will provide 996 students with school supplies for the 2018-19 school year.

This is the 13th consecutive year MMC has made a back-to-school donation to LCPS and the second year MVRMC has made a similar back-to-school donation. The MMC donation took place Thursday, Aug. 2, at MMC, 2450 S. Telshor Blvd. and the MVRMC donation took place Monday, Aug. 6, at MVRMC, 4311 E. Lohman Ave.

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“The longstanding Memorial Medical Center donation was the inspiration that led us to seek out even more donations this year. Their donations throughout the years have helped countless families in this community and we truly appreciate their continued support,” said LCPS Community Outreach Liaison Brigitte Zigelhofer. “With the growing demand for school supplies every year, we’re so grateful that MountainView has enthusiastically offered their support.”

All of the donations will be distributed to pre-registered families through the LCPS Project Link Homeless Education program. Many families received their backpacks and supplies on Thursday, Aug. 9, at a distribution event hosted by Valley View Elementary School. The backpacks benefit first through 12th-grade students at schools throughout the district.

Each of the donated backpacks is filled with age-appropriate school supplies and labeled according to grade level, said LCPS Lead Family School Liaison Yvette Enriquez.

In the past 12 years, MMC has donated more than 3,900 backpacks filled with school supplies which are collectively valued at more than $75,000. For more information, contact Enriquez at 575-527-5913.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811,