12-8-07 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. L”
Household members: 5
Children: 2
Special circumstances: “Ms. L’s” bills amount to too much to provide a good Christmas for her children.
Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas.
Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 6T. Girls pants size 6T. Boys shirt size 6T. Boys pant size 6T.
Toys list: Trucks, Barbie and princess 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: Can be dropped off at the PNT, 101 E. First St., or 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., 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. L,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.