Sheriff department food drive sets up dropoff locations

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department will kick off its inaugural “Thanks For Giving” food drive Nov. 8, with drop-off stations positioned at various locations throughout Pagosa Springs.

Corp. Lezlie White of the sheriff’s department, one of the chief organizers of the event said, “The whole department wants to reach out to those in need. We want to give back to them with help from the community.”

White said the focus of the drive is to provide Thanksgiving food for at least five to six families, although White said the number of families served will ultimately be determined by the amount of donations collected.

White said the sheriff’s department hasn’t chosen the families yet.

All drop-off stations will be located in the parking lots of the businesses listed below and will be manned by Archuleta County employees and volunteers. The drop off schedule is as follows:

City Market — 63 N. Pagosa Blvd. (uptown) — Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City Market, 755 San Juan St. (downtown) — Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

First Southwest Bank, 249 Navajo Trail — Monday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pagosa Mountain Hospital, 95 South Pagosa Blvd. — Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vacant Lot between San Juan Motel and Everyday Store — Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Archuleta County Fairgrounds — Sunday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will also be a barrel in the front lobby of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department Nov. 8-22 to receive non-perishable food.