At the Awards Luncheon of the 2015 Annual New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NMAFCS) Conference, Ms. Wylene Saunders was presented the Friend of the Family Award.

Wylene was a volunteer at the Gospel Rescue Mission Clothing Room in Las Cruces, New Mexico for 15 years, prior to her appointment as Manager of the Clothing Room eight years ago.

In this capacity, Wylene solicits, sorts, and distributes clothing to homeless/poverty level individuals in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, area. She coordinates the help of about 70 volunteers and spends endless hours tirelessly performing her managerial tasks as she works along with the volunteers.

In one recent year approximately 5,500 young children, school-aged children, and adults received over 91,000 items of clothing from the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Clothing Room. During a one-week timeframe each fall, the focus of the Clothing Room is on getting approximately 700 needy school- age children the clothes, shoes, and school supplies they need to feel positive about themselves when returning to school.

Wylene Saunders was more than deserving of the 2015 NMAFCS Friend of the Family Award. Her long-term and outstanding commitment and service to the Gospel Rescue Mission was recognized.

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