Empty Stocking Fund: Family P

Today’s focus: Family P

Household members: 4

Children: 2 (ages 9 and 8)

Special circumstance: They need help this year because the parents have just separated and child support and income are still pending.

Clothing needs: Girl clothes size 14 and 8; girls shoe size 3 and 1.

Toys list: Barbies or Barbie car.

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 around 300 seniors are given meals on Christmas Day.

Who’s helped: Around 300 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 P.O. Box 848, Portales, NM 88130. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Checks must be payable to “The Salvation Army.”

Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St., Clovis, or gifts may be purchased for specific children or seniors by choosing an Angel tag off trees located at North Plains Mall and Wal-Mart in Clovis.