“Giving Tuesday” first began in 2011 when a nonprofit in Chicago urged shoppers to consider donating to charity after they’d finished their Cyber Monday shopping. Since then, the giving effort takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States.
Locally, as part of the Giving Tuesday effort, Albertsons Market developed a partnership with the United Way and donated a large number of supplies, including diapers, baby formula and children’s medicine. These basic needs were boxed and distributed on Tuesday. Thanks to Linda Dodd and the Albertsons A team for quickly organizing the logistics of this effort.
In other charitable efforts, the Faith, Hope & Love Foundation has created a wish list to support families who have reached out for assistance. Distributions will begin on Dec. 7. A link to the Amazon wish list has been posted on the Foundation’s Facebook page and Web page. Donations for the Foundation’s 2020 Christmas Ministry have also been set out at the following locations: Cone Jewelers, Simmons Family Dentistry, Beautifly Wellness Spa, First United Methodist Church, Blodgett Street Baptist Church, Carlsbad Bible Church and the Word of Life Church. Thank you to all of our local philanthropic agencies for keeping us updated about their efforts.
The State of New Mexico updated its map on Wednesday showing which counties are meeting COVID-19 gating criteria. The information comes from an average of cases per 100,000 and positivity rate between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30. Los Alamos has shifted from being yellow to red, while San Miguel County moved from red to yellow. All other counties remain red.
For Eddy County, the positivity rate went from 21.5 to 21.1 percent, while the cases per 100,000 went from 86.7 to 94.2. Please help us continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following the practices outlined by the CDC, including mask wearing. In our call to them on Wednesday, White House officials emphasized efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and the positive developments with developing and distributing a vaccine.
There was also some positive news for our area announced by ExxonMobil. According to a Current-Argus article, while the company has reduced its operations in other areas, it is focusing on regions with known success, including the Permian Basin, Guyana and Brazil. Exxon also reported market improvement during the late period of 2020, and New Mexico’s rig count has also been steadily increasing since August, the paper reports. The oil and gas resources beneath the Delaware Basin remain the best in the world.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway