Update: August 6, 2020
Most of us are ready to hear some good news, so here’s some information about a few of the positive developments going on around Carlsbad.
Chevron made another huge donation of personal protective equipment to health care workers and others on the front line of battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Local donations were made to Carlsbad and Loving schools, as well as to the Carlsbad Family Health Center.
Chevron also recently gave gas cards to organizations providing emergency services and direct financial support to non-profits providing relief in their communities. Thanks to Beverly Allen, Nathan Carroll and Chevron, as well as to all of the area’s companies who have been very supportive over the past few months.
While there are still many details being worked out for the school year, the United Way of Eddy County is moving forward with its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. You can support this drive to provide supplies to local children by making a monetary donation through the United Way’s web page (www.uweddyco.org/2020STB), purchasing school supplies and dropping off at the United Way office at 116 S. Canyon, or purchasing school supplies directly through the United Way’s gift registry on their web page. For more information, please call (575) 887-3504. Thanks to Walmart and Mosaic for helping with this year’s Stuff the Bus effort. The Assistance League of Carlsbad is also helping children get dressed this year through Operation School Bell, and the United Way is helping the Assistance League with backpacks.
There’s also going to be a blood drive at the Boys and Girls Club Event Center (206 E. Pecan) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 12 that the United Way is helping to sponsor. You can register by calling (575) 840-8178.
President Trump’s signature of the Great American Outdoors Act was a victory for everyone, and it was largely supported by members of both political parties, including our own congressional delegation. The bill will direct up to $6.65 billion to priority fixes in deferred maintenance and repairs. It will also allocate $900 million each year to a conservation fund. Our two national parks are wonderful resources, and we are sure they are excited about this development as well.
Finally, thank you to everyone in the community who showed their support for Zach Young as he celebrated his birthday on Aug. 6. Zach has been battling a brain tumor since a diagnosis in 2015. He and his family members have been national advocates for brain tumor awareness issues, and Zach’s spirit has been an inspiration to so many of us. Members of Encompass Health worked hard to make his birthday special.
There’s a positive to this sad situation in how much the entire community has come together to show so much support for Zach and his family, both throughout the past five years and during his birthday. Happy Birthday Zach!
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway