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NMSU Extension to host 'Christmas From the Heart' showcase in Roswell, Nov. 13

Homemade gifts are gifts from the heart, and that is the message members of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service want to convey at this year's "Christmas From the Heart" showcase Nov. 13 in Roswell.


Christmas-themed table
NMSU's Chaves County Extension is hosting "Christmas From the Heart" in Roswell Nov. 13. The showcase is at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center at 912 Main Street. Tickets are $5 per person. (Submitted photo)

The showcase is at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center at 912 Main Street. Tickets are $5 per person.

"This is a real community service project," said Debbi Smith, with the Chaves County Extension Club. "People in the area really look forward to it each year. And, with the economy the way it is, people are looking to give gifts that are special, but also not very expensive. When you give a gift that is homemade, you really put your heart and soul into it."

At the showcase, attendees will learn a variety of gift-giving ideas that are easy to create, as well as making inexpensive Christmas decorations. There will also be a booth dedicated to showing people how to repurpose something old in their house to make it new again, such as creating caddies out of old coffee mugs.

"This year, we are doing a little twist on our Gifts From the Kitchen section that will incorporate gifts for the kitchen as well as gifts from the kitchen," said Pat Peralta, with the Extension Club. "We are also going to share some festive holiday recipes that people can either make and give as gifts, or can prepare for their own family gatherings."

Attendees will receive a program booklet that contains recipes and patterns. There will also be refreshments available. This year, the Extension Club will be raffling a homemade quilt and a homemade doll during the two sessions.

Proceeds from the showcase will go toward the Books For Newborns program that donates books and literature to new mothers, and will also be awarded as scholarships to area children planning to attend college.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the event, contact Shannon Wooton, Extension home economist, at the Chaves County Extension office at 575-622-3210. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.