Cards for Raul
Cards for Raul is a community service event that NMSU NSSLHA has been lucky to participate in for several years. Raul Madrid is a 59-year old man who has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with quadriplegia. Although he is unable to talk, he understands everything said to him. He communicates with a voice output communication device activated with his elbows. He uses his right foot to answer questions: foot up is “yes” and foot down is “no.” Raul is very social; he loves people and is a friend to everyone. With the assistance of NSSLHA members, he paints using a specially adapted paintbrush for his toes. With his special eye for color and design, he makes cards for the enjoyment of others. Raul’s signature is visible on the back of the card, which is his trademark for his art business, Toe-Mark Productions. NMSU NSSLHA works with Raul’s Speech Therapist Jennifer Burk to be able to volunteer to spend time with Raul as he paints, and to sell his cards to the public.
If you would like to purchase Raul’s beautiful cards OR make a donation, visit our Paypal link. Cards are $10 per box. 100% of profits support Raul Madrid.
If you would like more information about the Cards for Raul community service event, contact Vice President of Activities Sarah Molina.
The Big Event and Keep State Great are two clean up projects run by the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, and NSSLHA is proud to participate in both of these clean up events every year. The Big Event is an annual off-campus clean up project held in the spring where student organizations have the opportunity to pick up trash in an assigned area of town. This is a great opportunity to show our gratitude to our surrounding area and the community members of Las Cruces. Keep State Great is an annual on-campus clean up project held in the fall where student organizations gather to clean up the NMSU campus prior to homecoming week. These are always two exciting opportunities to give back to our community and accomplish something together alongside the rest of the student body.