Dec. 18 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. W

Household members: 3

Children: 2

Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is a single mother. She is
buying her first home and has a limited income. She won’t be able to
afford any presents for her children.

Her holiday hopes: For her children to have wonderful Christmas.

Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 8. Boys pants sizes 8. Boys shoes sizes 2 and 1.

Toys list: SpongeBob Squarepants.

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 some may receive baskets of food with green beans,
stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery
store. Larger families may receive donated turkeys instead of the
voucher. The food baskets will also go to seniors on fixed incomes.

Who’s helped: Around 600 families who’ve asked the Salvation Army to help make Christmas special.

Donations: Can be dropped off or mailed to either the Clovis
News Journal (521 Pile St.; P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88101) or the
Portales News-Tribune (101 E. First St.; P.O. Box 848, Portales, NM
88130).

Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Checks must be made payable to “The Salvation Army.”

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. W,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.