Candlelighters has long been devoted to serving the needs and improving the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer and their family members. These services address the financial strain a family endures as a consequence of the diagnosis.
A childhood cancer diagnosis can impact every family member. We offer caregiver sessions, workshops, emotional support, play-based healing, and teen support groups to teach coping skills for all members of the family.
We offer enriching experiences which lead to healthy personal development. These activities promote acquiring new skills, establishing a network of support, and enhancing overall quality of life.
A cancer diagnosis presents many questions. Candlelighters provides access to additional information for families going through pediatric cancer.
Childhood cancer families love our camps. Volunteer to be a camp counselor and enjoy a weekend of fun and special memories as Camp of the Tall Pines consists of 220 acres of beautiful mountain property in by the Lincoln National Forest located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
Candlelighters of West Texas & Southern New Mexico (Formally Candlelighters of the El Paso Area)is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves families of children with cancer. It is the only no-cost provider in the region that supports children with cancer ages 0 to 21. Candlelighters was formed in 1978 by a small group of parents brought together by their shared journey of cancer. In 1983, Candlelighters became a nonprofit and in 1985, because of the growing need, Candlelighters of El Paso opened its first office. Today, we serve approximately 300 children in treatment and provide extended services to over 1,500 registered families in the El Paso area.
EL PASO, Texas - The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department and Candlelighters of El Paso teamed up to decrease garbage in the landfill for a good cause.
On any given day, ESD said that more than 1,500 tons of trash is dumped and about five percent of it is clothing and shoes.
The new partnership allows Candlelighters, an organization that helps families fighting childhood cancer, to install its large, yellow clothing donation bins at the city's five Citizen Collection Stations.
With the average person throwing out almost 80 lbs of clothing every year, Jesus Yamaguchi with Environmental Services said he hopes the partnership reduces waste.
"We said what better opportunity to partner up with somebody already doing it, and divert more from the landfill," said Yamaguchi.
Candlelighters bins are already at various locations around town, but can now be found at the Citizen Collection Stations at the following locations:
Far East – 3510 Confederate
Eastside - 1034 Pendale
Northeast - 4507 Hondo Pass
Central - 2492 Harrison
Westside - 121 Atlantic
For more information on donations, call 311 or visit elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services.