Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

Eric Butler

Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around.
Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone.
Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident of eastern New Mexico for the past five years, Sandy was unable to return to her job after the accident — at least not initially.
She did come back to work, but the time when she wasn’t gathering a paycheck put her family into a financial hole she’s been trying to dig out of ever since.
And then comes the holidays.
“I could use the food and my kids need presents,” said Sandy, when she applied for assistance with the Salvation Army about a month ago.
Not on government assistance, Sandy said she was strapped to give her two daughters and one son a Christmas they would be happy to remember in future years.
Without the help of other individuals and agencies, the Christmas celebration might be the polar opposite of what Sandy is hoping will happen.
“I’d like to have a family dinner and have my kids opening some presents,” Sandy said. “Without help, I wouldn’t be able to get any Christmas gifts for them.”
Through the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Portales News-Tribune, Sandy’s family will receive a food basket that includes pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, cereal, beans, rice, sugar and macaroni and cheese.
More than 400 local families are scheduled to receive the baskets through the Empty Stocking Fund this holiday season.
Donations for the Empty Stocking Fund may be mailed or dropped off at the PNT, 101 E. First St. Envelopes should be clearly marked to indicate they contain a donation for the Empty Stocking Fund.
All contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
People who would like to donate food or new Christmas toys or clothing items may do so at the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St. in Clovis.
Information is available by calling the Salvation Army office at 762-3801.