The Ranches: 2020 Christmas Appeal


Dear Friends,

“I just need a little help to get through the next few weeks. College didn’t work out but I’m doing the best that I can. If you have some work, I’ll do it. I’ll pay you back; I promise.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with one of our alumni from The Ranches, but it’s more than a few. While kids are with us, we stress the importance of education. We start with the importance of their high school diploma and we often continue the conversation to talk about the importance and available options for college. While we can often help with grants and scholarships for kids who are ready to go to college, what about the kids that just can’t find their footing in the college system? Are there options for those kids?

Over the past several months, I have been approached by a few donors and even a board member about the shortage of skilled labor in the trades. Quality electricians, welders, plumbers and carpenters are in short supply in many places. New Mexico is one of those places. So, an idea was presented.

What if we were to set up one of our shops on campus to look more like a classroom for the trades and start working with kids to teach them a skill that they could pursue as a career when they left The Ranches? And what if we were to partner with contractors, vendors and donors to start kids on a path of learning skills that would most definitely benefit them in life and maybe even become a career option?

Well…I know a good idea when I hear it!

This is where you come in with a little help. We are asking you – for our Christmas Appeal – to help us to set up classrooms for welding, carpentry, plumbing and electrical work. We have many of the tools already but will need a few additional items – some duplicates – to get kids going in learning skills that may become trades that may become careers.

Welder (Skilled) – $35,000 – $75,000
Electrician (Skilled) – $30,000 – $70,000
Carpenter (Skilled) – $28,000 – $55,000
Plumber (Skilled) – $40,000 – $67,000

With a little help, kids at The Ranches can learn skills that will hopefully translate into never needing another handout and always being able to provide for themselves and their families. A little effort now can ensure that The Ranches will help break generational cycles. Who knows, we may even create some new donors while we’re at it.

As someone who is hard to buy for and has just about everything that I need; this year I would personally rather see the kids at The Ranches get something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

So, if like me, you have friends or relatives that are hard to buy for or already have a whole lot of everything that they need…please consider a donating to our 2020 Christmas Appeal in their honor and help children at The Ranches. You may just help to change their life with your gift of hope.

You can choose the “In honor” section below and we will be happy to notify them of the gift you generously made in their name. Our full catalog is available here.

Heath Kull – President

Your Support Will Make All The Difference!

Christmas Appeal 2020

$1,205 of $30,000 raised
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Donation Total: $25.00

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