Empty stocking fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D”

Household members: 4

Children: 3

Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas.

Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas.

Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys shoe size 13. Girls shirt sizes large and small. Girls pant sizes 10 and 8.

Boys shoe size 3 and 2.

Toys list: Spiderman toys, Barbie doll, make-up and a purse.

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

Who’s helped: Around 600 families who’ve asked the Salvation Army to help make Christmas special.

Donations: Can be dropped off at the PNT, 101 E. First St., or mailed to the PNT, P.O. Box 848, Portales, NM 88130. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.”

Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St., 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. D,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.