Please donate tools to La Casa; handyman’s tools were stolen

December 25, 2016

My suggestion to La Casa would be to solicit donations from the local chains — Lowe’s, Walmart, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Sam’s Club, etc. This is a great public relations opportunity especially during this season of giving.


Note front page story in today’s Las Cruces Sun-News; excerpt:



Anthony Garcia, who performs maintenance for La Casa, Inc,’s properties, is scrambling to make repairs after his tools went missing.

Pat Acosta, operations manager at La Casa, Inc., said the shelter is an independent, nonprofit organization and much of its funding goes to help clients, and their families, who are affected by domestic violence. Although the shelter, 800 S. Walnut St., is in a city-owned building, tools needed for repairs and maintenance are La Casa’s responsibility.

“So, his tools are our tools,” said Acosta, of Garcia’s missing tools.

While working Monday at La Casa, Garcia discovered that many of the tools he uses daily were missing from a large toolbox in his pickup truck. Garcia suspects the tools might have been taken Dec. 18 when he parked his truck outside a home improvement store, in Las Cruces. He estimated the tools taken from his truck amounted to as much as $900.

“Everything, just about everything I need is gone,” Garcia said. “Wrenches, ratchet sets, screwdrivers, hammers, everything. There is always something to be fixed around here, so I use them every day…They took my livelihood … I feel naked without them.”

Theresa Armendariz, La Casa executive director, echoed how important the tools are to Garcia and the shelter.  “In addition to the shelter here (in Las Cruces), we also have five rental houses where some of our clients and their families stay, and a facility in Anthony,” Armendariz said. “…so Anthony’s tools are vitally important to us.”

La Casa has begun accepting donations, either tools, gift cards or contributions that will help Garcia replace his tools. Armendariz said donations can be taken to La Casa (800 S. Walnut St., Las Cruces, NM 88001-3954) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. La Casa will be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday, and Jan. 2, in observance of New Year’s Day. Donations and contributions are tax deductible, and receipts will be provided to anyone who can help.

Call La Casa for information, 575-526-2819.


Charlotte Lipson

Las Cruces

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