June 18, the day set aside this year to celebrate fathers, has gotten so much better since Johnny Gonzales, president of the Community Volunteer Program, has stepped in to bless the community.
Although Father’s Day is one day of the year, Gonzales has planned a whole weekend of fun to celebrate not only the fathers, but also the single mothers, grandparents and guardians who have stepped in place to fill their shoes.
Gonzales, along with his dedicated team of volunteers, will be serving free hot dogs, beverages and sweet treats from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Fresenius Kidney Care Southeastern New Mexico Kidney Center. They will also have free trinkets for men and women, such as earrings and wallets, as well as food boxes with a wide range of canned goods and other packaged foods for families from the dialysis center to take home.
It doesn’t stop there. This event will continue the next day, June 17, at the same time and place.
On Father’s Day, June 18, the community volunteers will be setting up at Poe Corn Park on the corner of Second Street and Garden Avenue, which will be open to all fathers and their families to stop by. Starting at 9 a.m., there will be breakfast burritos available to everyone who shows up to this event.
They will also be giving away food baskets to the families, T-shirts to the fathers and host activities for fathers and their children to participate in. This event will go on until 1 p.m.
Gonzales has 15 volunteers; however, he is reaching out to the community in search of more, accepting anyone who would like to participate. Gonzales is mainly reaching out to the younger generation to teach them the feeling of giving to others and how great it can be.
“I do it because I want to do it, out of my heart,” said Gonzales, who has been working with this program for 35-plus years and is known around Roswell for his giving character.
The main goal of this program is to help others and spread the power of prayer, so if you are looking to help others, here is your chance. Monetary gifts are being accepted at P.O. Box 2790, Roswell, 88202. Gifts in size, or that simply cannot be mailed, are to be delivered to 1101 Caminisito St., Roswell.
If you would like to get involved and be a volunteer, call Gonzales at 575-317-1769. Any baked goods, canned/packaged foods or homemade Father’s Day cards you would like to donate for the event can be dropped off on June 16 and 17 at the Fresenius Kidney Care Southeastern New Mexico Kidney Center at 2801 N. Main St.
Keilee Templeman is the summer intern for the Daily Record. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.