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Chick-fil-A cookie fundraiser helps NMSU students

Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces and El Paso partnered with NMSU in spring 2021 and pledged to donate a portion of cookie sales to benefit NMSU students experiencing hardship.

The locations – including the restaurants on East University Avenue and East Lohman Avenue in Las Cruces – sold approximately 26,000 cookies during April 2021.

Matt Carper, who owns the two participating Las Cruces locations, presented a check for $6,107.80 to the NMSU Foundation in July 2021. The funds benefited the NMSU Student Emergency Fund, which aids students in times of crisis. Every donation helps students maintain critical resources such as utilities, food, housing and the necessary technology to complete their studies. 

Carper says he wanted to help NMSU because many of his employees are college students who struggled financially over the past year.

“Chick-fil-A’s generous gift to the NMSU Student Emergency Fund will ensure that our hard-working Aggies can get back to the classroom and remain focused on pursuing their academic goals,” NMSU Foundation President Derek Dictson ’98 says.

Matt Carper (front far left), owner of two Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces, presents a check to NMSU representatives on behalf of the Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces and El Paso that participated in a monthlong cookie fundraiser to benefit the NMSU Student Emergency Fund. Vanessa Perez (front from left), Nevaeh Fierro, Mathew Madrid, Derek Dictson, Justin Bannister (back from left), Will Waller and Ann Goodman also attended the presentation.