Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D”

Household members: 4

Children: 2

Special circumstances: “Ms. D” has lupus and the family travels to Lubbock frequently for her to receive care.

Her holiday hopes: To have nice presents for the children.

Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8. Boys pants size 6 to 7. Boys shoe size men’s 1. Girls shirt size 24 months. Girls pants size 18 months. Girls shoe size 5 to 6.

Toys list: Teenage Ninja Turtle toys and a Princess CD player.

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal and 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 500 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, NM 88130. 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. D,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.