Dec. 16, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. F”

Today’s focus: “Ms. F”

Household members: 8

Children: 5

Special circumstances: “Ms. F” is raising her grandchildren. After paying rent and utilities, she has no money left for gifts.

Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to smile and be happy like other children on Christmas.

Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6 regular. Boys shoe size 13. Girls shirt sizes small (for three girls). Girls pants sizes 8 slim (for two girls) and 5 slim. Girls shoe sizes 2 (for two girls) and 11.

Toy list: Toys that 6-year-old girls would enjoy and learning toys for two 3-year-olds.

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal and 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 Can be dropped off at the CNJ, 521 Pile St., or mailed to the CNJ, P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88101. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.”

Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St.,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.

If you would like to help “Ms. F,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.