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NMSU College of ACES group strives to help families locally, nationally

Members of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at New Mexico State University recently donated about 50 dolls that will be used by children preparing to undergo surgery.



Members of NMSU?s Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recently put together about 50 ?Surgi Dolls? as part of Project Sunshine. Members also donated 60 pairs of socks, 128 pairs of underwear and $200 to the shelter at La Casa. (Courtesy photo)

Members of NMSU?s Association of Family and Consumer Sciences donated 60 pairs of socks, 128 pairs of underwear and $200 to the shelter at La Casa. (Courtesy photo)

Association members, which consist of about 20 students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences? Family and Consumer Sciences Department, also donated much-needed items and money to the La Casa shelter, including 60 pairs of socks and 128 pairs of underwear.

The dolls were made as part of Project Sunshine?s ?Surgi Dolls? program, which provides the materials to make the dolls. The dolls are then sent back to Project Sunshine, a national organization, for distribution. Medical staff at participating hospitals use the dolls to help explain the surgery the child will undergo. The child is allowed to keep the doll and decorate it as they wish.

?This spring we had a member who had made the dolls prior and thought it would be a great opportunity for us to help out,? said Julia Swatman, the association?s treasurer. ?Mostly we reach out to our own community, but I think it would be nice to start reaching out even beyond our community.?

The association also continued its support of La Casa, which provides shelter and counseling to domestic violence victims in Las Cruces. La Casa recently launched a fundraising campaign in an effort to keep its doors open.

Association advisor and NMSU Assistant Professor Sharon Bartley said their two major fall campaigns include giving stockings filled with age-appropriate items for children at La Casa, and selling T-shirts to benefit Cowboys for Cancer Research.

?This year we found Project Sunshine and tried it. I think the students will opt to do that one again, as well as a fundraiser to buy personal items for folks in the shelter,? Bartley said. ?The student organization is active and focused on leadership opportunities for the students while serving others.?

Past community service projects have also included a Christmas ?angel tree? at Gerald Thomas Hall and raffles to help benefit La Casa.