Johnny Gonzales (right) and volunteer Dorall Smith, 14, (left) prepare Valentine’s Day gifts Wednesday. (Ilissa Gilmore Pho to)
The Community Volunteer Program will host a free food basket giveaway during its annual Valentine’s Party tonight at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 201 South Garden Ave.
For more than 25 years, the organization has provided gifts to members of the community who are often forgotten on Valentine’s Day, said Program Director Johnny Gonzales.
The program also delivers gifts, such as candies and decorative roses, around town to senior citizens, dialysis patients, single parents, employees of local businesses and family members of Chaves County Detention Center inmates.
“We just reach out and tell them that somebody loves them,” Gonzales said. “I don’t want anyone to be without. I do this from my heart.
“I thank God that we’re able to do this, and I just want to make someone happy.”
Job Corps students of the Automotive Department, as well as Community Service volunteers, have been instrumental to the program’s work this year, he said.
Everybody is welcome to attend the event and the program is still accepting names for deliveries and monetary donations for the Valentine’s Day party.
Donations will be accepted before 7 p.m. and can also be dropped off during the event.
For more information on how to contribute, call Gonzales at 624-7579.