Annual Empty Stocking Fund drive kicks-off

Freedom Newspapers

With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all.

The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. Tammy Ray, the Empty Stocking Fund provides families in need with toys, food and clothing. She estimates as many as 400 children will be helped this year, compared to 958 last year.

“Last year’s number was phenomenal,” Ray said, “and we (Salvation Army) were overwhelmed.”

Each day until Christmas, the Clovis News Journal and Portales News Tribune will feature a profile of a family seeking assistance through the Empty Stocking Fund.

Donations will continue to be accepted through the end of the year, she said.

For information, or to donate to a Salvation Army Christmas project, call Tammy Ray at 762-3801 or visit the Salvation Army on 317 E. Second Street.

Filling the stocking

The Portales News Tribune is accepting Empty Stocking Fund donations at the newspaper office, 101 E. 1st Street.

And donations may be mailed to the PNT at 101 E. 1st Street, Portales, NM 88130. 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.
The Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune sponsor the Empty Stocking Fund and will continue to accept donations until the end of the year.

Donations can be left at the newspaper offices or mailed to

• Clovis News Journal, P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102-1689;

• Portales News-Tribune, P.O. Box 848, Portales 88130.