Toys for Tots
Sundance Dental Care, on 6588 East Main Street, Farmington, NM is an official drop-off zone for Toys for Tots! As an office, we are trying to encourage the Community to support Toys for Tots by purchasing a new, unwrapped gift for either a boy or girl. The gifts can be for any age. We will be excepting gifts Monday- Friday, 7am-4:30pm. The last day to bring a gift is December 20th, 2013.
With the help of Vertical Radio, hopefully we can generate enough gifts so every child in the area can have a package to open for Christmas!
Merry Christmas, and God Bless!
Miracle at Midnight
Coffee & Kids!
Durango Joes drive thru employee Kayli, delivers a hot cup of coffee and a smile as Durango Joe’s and Citizens Bank help Childhaven find loving Foster Homes for children in need. Please spread the word!
Foster Homes Needed!
Please stop by any of the Durango Joe's locations and take a close look at your coffee sleeve!
Durango Joe's and Citizens Bank have partnered with Childhaven to help find loving foster families for the children in our community.
If you would like more information on how you can provide a safe, loving home for a child in need please visit our website at www.childhavennm.org or contact Susan Mullin (505) 325-5358.
100 Days and Nights of Summer DWI campaign
For the past several years, law enforcement in San Juan County has participated in the “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign, when extra effort is focused on traffic violations. This year’s campaign concluded at the end of September, once again successful in helping to keep our roads and citizens safe.
Farmington Police Department alone made 5 DWI arrests, issued 402 speeding tickets and 23 red light citations, among numerous other violations. These statistics are in addition to their regular patrol work and demonstrate the campaign’s effectiveness.
San Juan County Partnership, on behalf of our communities, thanks our law enforcement agencies and their dedicated officers for participating in this effort and for helping to make San Juan County a good place to live.
If you would like any further information, please call San Juan County Partnership, 505-566-5867.
Aztec Christmas Festival
Take it to the Arc
March Of Dimes
The New Mexico March of Dimes launches today a public awareness campaign to inform women in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley and San Juan Counties about the benefits of folic acid in preventing birth defects. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. is supporting the campaign through a three-year grant worth $960,000 to educate women of childbearing age that taking folic acid or vitamin B9 before and during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects that may impact the development of the brain and the spine in their babies.
“We are so grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for its commitment to our mission of preventing birth defects and saving babies’ lives in New Mexico,” said Francie Monteith, board chairman for the March of Dimes New Mexico Chapter. “The support will allow us to reach women in four New Mexico counties with important information about their health and nutrition.”
Neural tube defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord typically occur during the first month of pregnancy and can cause spina bifida, anencephaly, and Chiari malformation in children. “Research shows that women who consume 400 micrograms of folic acid or vitamin B9 daily before and during the early weeks of pregnancy can reduce their risk of these birth defects by 70 percent,” said Monteith.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that affects the lower back and the spinal cord. It is one of the most common neural tube defects in the United States, affecting about 1,500 babies each year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this condition, the tiny bones of the vertebrae do not close completely, and a part of the spinal cord pokes through the spine. Children with spina bifida may have paralyzed legs and problems controlling their bladder and bowel.
Anencephaly is one of the most severe neural tube disorders. It affects about 1,000 babies each year in the country. Babies with this condition are missing major parts of the brain, skull and scalp. They do not survive long after birth, usually for just a few hours.
Chiari malformation is an abnormal change in the position of the brain. The lower part of the brain is located farther down than normal and is partly displaced into the upper part of the spinal canal. This can block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal cord and contribute to hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in and around the brain.
Folic acid works only if taken before getting pregnant and during the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman may know she’s pregnant. As nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, women (even if they’re not trying to get pregnant) should receive the right amount of folic acid in their diets through foods that contain folate such as spinach, orange juice, and romaine lettuce. However, even with a healthy diet, it can be difficult to get enough folic acid each day just from food. The simplest way is to take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.
The folic acid awareness campaign was created by Kilmer Kilmer Marshall Duran (K²MD), an Albuquerque-based advertising agency. The program is designed to change the behavior of women between 14-years old and 44-years old encouraging them to take a supplement to prevent birth defects when the majority of them are not considering pregnancy. The campaign promotes the beauty benefits of folic acid/vitamin B9 as the primary message, while still communicating the reduction in birth defects associated with taking folic acid. “The campaign focuses on vitamin B9 rather than referring to it as folic acid,” said Frank Duran, principal and vice president of client services at K²MD. “Vitamins inherently have a healthy connotation, which makes the idea of taking a daily supplement easier to swallow. Rather than promoting the perception of digesting something called an “acid,” we instead focused on the familiarity and ease of taking a vitamin.” The campaign will run between Monday, November 11 and Sunday, December 8, with a focus on Native American and Hispanic communities in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley and San Juan Counties.
In addition to folic acid, the March of Dimes recommends maintaining a healthy weight and visiting a health care provider for a preconception checkup making sure that a woman’s body is ready for pregnancy. “A preconception checkup is one of the best things a woman can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby,” said Monteith.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Child Find Screening
United Blood Services
Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the New Mexico drives can call to set an appointment or get more information at 505.325.1505, Monday through Tuesday 9-6, Friday 9-2 or Saturday 9-1. You can sign up online at www.bloodhero.com
Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the Colorado area drives can call to set an appointment or get more information at 970.385.4601, Monday through Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-4.
FOR THE MOBILE BLOOD DRIVES, PLEASE SEE THE CALENDAR FOR MORE INFORMATION