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Local Brewer stores ring up donations for Salvation Army

Alan Waldrop, food bank coordinator for the Roswell Salvation Army, moves some pallets of food in the local warehouse. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The food bank of the local Salvation Army has received a big assist from a New Mexico convenience store and gas retailer, which has helped to fill a funding gap.

Brewer Oil Co. locations statewide raised $47,967 for Salvation Army operations in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell and Alamogordo during a winter holiday fundraising effort, and the Chaves County locations raised the most, enough to meet and exceed a deficit the local operations were experiencing coming into the new calendar year.

“I was incredibly impressed,” said Cpt. Niki Woollin, corps officer along with her husband, Jonathan. “Roswell, like Chaves County, raised over $18,000, so we were the highest-income location, which I thought was incredible.”

The exact amount raised was $18,161. The fundraising effort involved customers and employees donating a dollar or more to the Salvation Army with their purchases.

“Our deficit was about $10,000,” Woollin said, “so this made up for that and then gave us extra for us to be able to help supplement the increased number we have at our food bank.”

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She explained that the need existed because the Red Kettle campaign, the organization’s primary fundraising effort, was shorter this year. The annual campaign begins after Thanksgiving and runs until Christmas. There were fewer days between the two holidays this year, and, while the local Salvation Army staff, volunteers and donors tried matching gifts and other efforts to try to increase donations, the local group still fell short of its goal of about $60,000.

“We are just really grateful,” Woollin said. “We knew they were doing that campaign, and we just got the final numbers. It is just really exciting that it bridged that gap and then helped us where we have a need.”

As Woollin has previously explained, the local operations have been experiencing significantly higher food bank demand for about seven months. In November 2018, they gave out 350 food boxes. But in November 2019, they provided about 500. For January 2020, the operations distributed 538 boxes of food, compared to 371 in January 2019.

Woollin said that the Salvation Army hopes to continue its partnership with Brewer in 2020 and would like to expand with other companies if possible.

According to a corporate website, Brewer Oil Co. was founded in 1958 in Artesia. It now has 37 locations in 13 New Mexico communities and is based in Albuquerque.

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