By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
From single mothers to families struggling to make ends meet due to serious illness, many in eastern New Mexico need a little extra help over the holidays.
These families have turned to the Salvation Army for helping make this holiday season special for their children.
Friday is the first day of this year’s Empty Stocking Fund program, a joint effort by the Clovis News Journal and the Salvation Army.
Each day until Christmas, a local family in need of assistance for the holidays will be profiled. Donations for these families will be accepted through the end of the year.
Angel tags for children of these families, each under the age of 12, will be placed on trees at North Plains Mall, St. Clair Orthodontics and Hastings in Clovis.
According to Salvation Army Co-Officer Maj. Jim Gallop, at least 220 families will be helped through this year’s Empty Stocking Fund. The organization’s primary goal is to help the entire family, he said.
“We want to help out the family unit more than anything,” Gallop said. “We want to help them not only to get ahead in life, but also just to be a more complete family.”
Gallop said families are specifically selected by the Salvation Army, and many of this year’s participants are trying to move past their needs to focus on the future.
“We’ve always been very, very pleased with the participation within the Clovis community,” Gallop said. “Really and truly it does help us help more families at Christmas time.”
For information or to donate to a Salvation Army Christmas project, call Gallop at 762-3801 or visit 317 E. Second St.
The Clovis News Journal is accepting Empty Stocking Fund donations at the newspaper office at 521 Pile St.
Donations may be mailed to the CNJ at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, N.M. 88102. Envelopes should be clearly marked to indicate they contain a donation for the Empty Stocking Fund.
All contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
The Clovis News Journal will continue accepting donations until the end of the year.