Secret Santa Program to Provide Gifts to Children of CNM Student Vets
Pictured from left to right are Diana Myklebust, Tammy Duncan, Judy Quintana, David Walker.

Secret Santa Program to Provide Gifts to Children of CNM Student Vets

December 6, 2017 -- More than 40 families and 82 children of CNM students who are military veterans will be receiving gifts this Christmas through a Secret Santa program.
December 06, 2017

The event was hosted by two civilian volunteers, Sandra Thompson and Kyla Thompson (no relation), and Roger Thompson, husband of Kyla and a Vietnam combat veteran. They all have been donating to veterans and supporting veteran programs for the last five years. The CNM Foundation was also a supporter of the effort.

"We sent an email to all CNM (students who are) registered vets asking who was in need of gifts for their children,” said David Walker, head of CNM’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC). “Children had to come from single parent homes.”

The event was planned by Sandra Thompson and Kyla Thompson and administered by Diana Myklebust from the CNM Office of the Dean of Students, Judy Quintana, retired Air Force Master Sergeant, and Tammy Duncan, a retired disabled Navy Veteran. They determined who would receive gifts and organized the collecting of gifts from donors. The parents of gift recipients will pick up the gifts at the VRC over the next two weeks.

People can donate money to the Secret Santa program by going to the CNM Foundation website and clicking on “Donate to CNM Veterans Christmas.”

“Sometimes these gifts are the only gifts under these families’ Christmas trees,” Walker said.