Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. C

Today’s focus: “Ms. C”

Household members: 6

Children: 5

Special circumstances: “Ms. C” is a single mother who is raising her three children. She is also raising her niece and nephew because their mother is incarcerated. She has been unable to work due to an illness.

Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas.

Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 6-7 (two) and 5T. Boys pants sizes 7 regular, 6 slim and 5T. Boys shoe sizes 12, 11 1/2 and 11. Girls shirt sizes 3T. Girls pants sizes 3T. Girls shoe size 9.

Toys list: Bikes (four), educational toys (four), Spiderman toys (two), a Batman toy, a Dora the Explorer toy and Barbie toys.

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: Donations: 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., 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. C,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.