Every positive change in someone’s life has a domino effect in our community.

HGNMF is fortunate to partner with businesses in New Mexico to give priceless life skills and assistances to New Mexico’s foster children.

Mattress Firm

In 2009 Mattress Firm was told of youth that aged out of foster care without a family, and no longer had a bed to sleep on. Ever since, they have provided new queen beds to youth that need them.
Mattress Firm gave 100 foster children bikes at their first Beds, Bikes and Tikes event in April of 2012. A total of 750 bikes were given to underprivileged children at this event.
Mattress Firm has donated 200 tickets a year, since 2010, to an Isotopes baseball game so foster families could have a fun family day.

Animas Valley Insurance

In 2012, Lynn Mintz and Bill Fortner, of Animas Valley Insurance, were told about the reality of what happens to foster children. They have been diligent in our community to bring in new supporters to insure that HGNMF’s work will continue and grow. Lynn’s mother, Bev Preece makes beautiful handmade blankets and dolls that are given to foster children as comfort when they are removed from their homes.

Aspen Printing

Aspen Printing has donated all HGNMF’s printing needs since 2009

Enterprise Rental Car

Enterprise Rental Car donated their time to do a job skill workshop for youth aging out of foster care. They also interview these youth in hopes of hiring them.


Comcast selected HGNMF as their recipient of Comcast Cares Day April 21st 2012 in Santa Fe. They organized a personal care donation drive to help aged out foster youth with necessity items like toilet paper, laundry soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, etcetera.

The 2012 donation drive collected a six month supply of toiletry items and gave a substantial cash donation that provided personal grants for education and immediate needs to aged out foster youth. Esquela Del Sol School and Children Youth and Families (CYFD) joined the donation drive to make it a success. Comcast selected HGNMF again, as their recipient of Comcast Cares Day April 27th 2013 in Santa Fe.

RoadRunner Food Bank

RoadRunner Food Bank donates meeting space monthly for LUVYANM (Leaders Uniting Voices Youth Advocates New Mexico), a group of foster youth ages 16 to 21 who have or most likely will age out of foster care without a family.

Silk Road Connection with Etcetera Clothing

Silk Road Connection with Etcetera Clothing hosted accessories and clothing parties with a portion of their process donated to HGNMF.


Marjori Krebs - an HGNMF board member, developed and hosts an annual Blanket Making Party. A group of volunteers donate their time and money and make tied fleece blankets that are given to foster children at Christmas.

Steve Stucker has donated his time to emcee many Heart Gallery events since the very first one in 2001.

Val Kilmer donated his time to host the 2009 Open Your Heart Gala

Quinton Aaron of Blind Side, donated his time to host the 2011 Open Your Heart Gala

Tony Mark - Oscar winning Producer of The Hurt Locker, donated his time to host the 2012 Open Your Heart Gala.

HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) Chest

At age 18, if foster children have not found a forever family, they age out of foster care and are left to find their way on their own. HGNMF has developed a HOPE CHEST to assist these youth with making a home for themselves. Making their house a home gives them stability and self esteem. Individuals donate household items and furniture to be given to youth who age out of foster care.

Holiday Party for Independent Living youth.

HGNMF hosts an annual Holiday Party for youth who have aged out of foster care without a family and are living on their own, ages 18 to 21. The youth cook a holiday meal and share it family style. They also make ornaments and decorate a tree that is displayed at the Roadrunner Food Bank as a thank you for Roadrunner Food Bank donating meeting space for them throughout the year. Gifts are donated by the community and given to the youth. Most youth consider this group their family. This party is said to be “the best they have ever experienced”. Knowing that people care this much for them, gives them strength to succeed.

  • In 2010,2011 and 2012 Maestas Ward Commercial Real Estate employees have collected and donated gifts to be given to the youth at this party.
  • In 2011 and 2012, UNM’s basketball coaches families donated stocking stuffers and filled stockings for each youth attending the party.
  • In 2012, Kenny Thomas an NBA player and former LOBO, attended the party to inspire the youth and was a secret Santa to 15 youth, filling personal wish lists.
  • In 2012, HGNMF board member Angela Romero organized personal wish lists and found secret Santa’s to fill these lists. Forty six lists were filled.
  • In 2012 Bob Pattillo drove to Albuquerque from Alamogordo to do amazing magic tricks at the holiday party.

Life Skills Classes

  • Julie Kennelly an HGNMF board member, organizes financial literacy classes.
  • In 2012, Bank of The West employees donated their time to teach six hour financial literacy classes.
  • University of New Mexico donates a class room for the financial literacy class.
  • Junior Achievement donates curriculum for the financial literacy class.
  • Chef Pam Santer, holds cooking classes throughout the year. These classes are essential in giving our youth the skills necessary for a healthy lifestyle. She makes it fun with “top chef” contests and special holiday meals.
  • In 2012 Viviana Vigil of the Reelz Channel hosted a BBQ cooking class in her home.
  • Jiffy Lube taught a class on how to care for your car.
  • Ginger Thompson with Mary Kay gave a skin care and makeup class.

In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight, the TV series, donated a moving van full of furniture and household items used on their sets after the series ended. A team of volunteers in Albuquerque donate their time and vehicles to deliver the furniture and items. DirectBuy donates their delivery service to deliver furniture and items outside of the Albuquerque area.