Parent turns to Empty Stocking Fund

Freedom Newspapers

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Portales News-Tribune. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children, and baskets of food, with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families will receive donated turkeys instead of the voucher. The food baskets will also go to seniors on fixed incomes.
Who’s helped: Around 400 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 88, Portales 88130. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
Today’s Focus: Annette
Household members: 3
Children: 2
Special circumstances: “Just lost my job.”
Her holiday hopes: “… to buy my kids Christmas this year.”
Clothing needs: 5-T and 6-to-9-months boys shirts and pants, two kids’ shoes, two baby’s shoes and a 6-to-9-months warm jacket.
Toys list: Joshua, 3, remote control car; Nathaniel, 5 months, high chair and warm jacket.

If you would like to help Annette, call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.