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Giving Thanks to El Ranchito de los Niños

This Thanksgiving ALON Thanks El Ranchito de los Niños

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This Thanksgiving all of us at ALON would like to give a special thanks to El Ranchito de los Niños. It is the caregivers, staff and volunteers of this organization that are making a positive impact in the lives of children—giving them a place to thrive—where they otherwise would have struggled.

As an alternative to foster care, El Ranchito de los Niños provides a safe, loving home to children who have not been adopted. Children of all ages live in a family farm setting with the goal to keep brothers and sisters together so they may grow into adulthood. It is this aspect, the focus on keeping siblings together, which makes El Ranchito unique. The home also has a six-to-one caregiver-to-child ratio which allows caregivers to give much more individualized attention to each child than the state mandated ration of sixteen-to-one.

El Ranchito de los Niños is a public, not-for-profit charity located in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The home provides for 16 children from birth to 18 years of age. Long-term or permanent housing is provided as well as all medical, educational and physical needs. All services are 100% funded by private sources including individuals, businesses, corporations, in-kind gifts and corporate and private foundation grants. El Ranchito de los Niños does not receive any state or federal funding.

The farm setting allows the children to learn how to care for animals such as dogs, cats, horses, goats and chickens. Children also are able to participate in programs that provide social and personal development such as 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts and church organizations.

Last year, El Ranchito was one of ten charities that participated in ALON’s Load The Code contest. They continue to seek funding from many sources to help them make updates to the fourteen year old home where the children and house parents reside. To learn more about this amazing charity please visit the El Ranchito de los Niños’s website at www.elranchitonm.org.

For more information about making a financial donation please visit, http://www.elranchitonm.org/donate.html.

You can also help El Ranchio de los Niños by donating your old or unused car, truck, motorcycle, RV, boat or other vehicle! For more information on donating a vehicle, please visit http://www.elranchitonm.org/car_donation.html.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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