Fund helps neighbors in need

Freedom New Mexico

The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of this newspaper and the local Salvation Army, kicked off its annual campaign on Friday.
For the next month, we will tell you stories about area residents whose lives are more challenging than most.

One woman is out of work because of her health, but remains responsible for the welfare of six children.

A mother and child recently fled an abusive husband and father and they’re looking to start a new life from scratch.

A woman lost her job at a restaurant following a fire that forced the business to close.

Some who will benefit from the Empty Stocking Fund, no doubt, have made poor decisions that have contributed to their difficulties. But many have simply been victims of circumstance — mirror images of each of us, just one unlucky turn away from the ability to pay rent, buy warm clothes for our children or care for a sick loved one.

But while the Empty Stocking Fund is about helping people who need help — no matter the reason — the program is also an opportunity for the rest of us to share our blessings.

And giving just might be the greatest blessing of all.

The Empty Stocking Fund provides families in need with toys, food and clothing.

Salvation Army officials estimate the fund will help hundreds of families in eastern New Mexico this year, including 600 children.
Donations will be accepted through the end of the year and may be brought or mailed to the following locations:
• Salvation Army at 317 E. Second in Clovis.
• Portales News-Tribune, 101 E. First in Portales.
• Clovis News Journal, 521 Pile in Clovis.
For additional information, call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.