Empty Stocking Fund (Dec. 20)

Today’s focus: “Ms. J”
Household members: 5

Children: 2

Special circumstances: “Ms. J” and her family need help this year. They have income coming in but their budget is still tight.

Her holiday hopes: To make the holiday special for her children.

Clothing needs: Girls pant sizes 10 to 12 and 15 to 16, girls shirt sizes 10 to 12 and large, girls shoe sizes 3 1/2 and 7.
Toys list: Any gift for pre-teen girls.

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Portales News-Tribune. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children and baskets of food with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families will receive donated turkeys instead of the voucher. The food baskets will also go to seniors on fixed incomes.

Who’s helped: Around 500 families who’ve asked the Salvation Army to help make Christmas special.

Donations: Can be dropped off at the PNT, 101 E. First, or mailed to the PNT, P.O. Box 88. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St., in Clovis, or gifts may be purchased for specific children by choosing an Angel tag off trees located at North Plains Mall and Wal-Mart in Clovis.