Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. C

Today’s focus: “Ms. C” Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. C” is a single mother who is raising her three children. She is also raising her niece and nephew because their mother is incarcerated. She has been unable to work due to an illness. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. M

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: Two Children: One Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unemployed and struggling to make it from month to month. Her holiday hopes: To give her son a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 6-9 months. Boys pant size 6-9 months. Boys shoe size child’s 2. Toys list: Push-and-go […]

Nov. 25, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

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 […]

Nov. 24, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and wants to be able to give them something nice for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 10. Boys shoe size 2. Girls […]

Local organizations come together in effort to provide gifts

As Christmas approaches, local organizations are working to help families in need provide gifts for their children. The annual Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom New Mexico project, begins Friday. According to Capt. Tammy Ray, the Empty Stocking Fund provides families in need with toys, food and clothing. The program also works […]

Dec. 16, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. F”

Today’s focus: “Ms. F” Household members: 8 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” is raising her grandchildren. After paying rent and utilities, she has no money left for gifts. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to smile and be happy like other children on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6 […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. S”

Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband has been ill since January, but he has been unable to receive Social Security. The family is currently living off the SSI check received for their son, who was born with Down syndrome. Ms. S is unable to work because she is their son’s caretaker. […]

Dec. 5, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a single mother who can barely make ends meet financially. She and her family recently experienced an electrical fire and have been staying with friends and relatives. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice present. Clothing needs: Girls […]

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 […]

Nov. 25, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom Newspapers Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” just got custody of her grandchildren and times are a little hard right now for the family. Her holiday hopes: To have presents under the tree for her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Boys pants size 5, boys shirt size 5, boys […]

Annual Empty Stocking Fund drive kicks-off

Freedom Newspapers With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all. The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. Tammy […]

Salvation Army fund drive closes Dec. 31

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Local Salvation Army officials said they helped 958 children with Christmas gifts, food and clothing this year, compared to 723 a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the local office, through Friday, had collected $5,277.27 in cash donations to the Empty Stocking Fund this Christmas season — about $9,000 less than was needed […]

Empty Stocking Dec. 22

Today’s Focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” receives disability and cane barely afford basic necessities. This year she is not able to purchase extras for the children. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give her children gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boy’s pant sizes 7 and 16 […]

Empty Stocking Fund (Dec. 20)

Today’s focus: “Ms. J” Household members: 5 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. J” and her family need help this year. They have income coming in but their budget is still tight. Her holiday hopes: To make the holiday special for her children. Clothing needs: Girls pant sizes 10 to 12 and 15 to 16, girls […]

Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s Focus: “Ms. H” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. H’s” husband has been laid off and she is the only person working right now. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give gifts and a Christmas meal to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant size 16, boys shirt size 18 to […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. T

Today’s Focus: “Ms. T” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” has custody of her three grandchildren. This family has no income and is trying to get low income housing. This is a difficult time of year for them. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give her grandchildren a good holiday. Clothing […]

Empty Stocking Fund (Nov. 29)

Today’s focus: “Ms. G” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: Both parents work. Mr. G is an outdoor laborer and Ms. G works in retail. With the onset of winter, the family depends on the mother’s limited income. One of their children is a special needs child and all income they have goes to […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. S

Today’s Focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: A single mother, working to support her two children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give Christmas gifts to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 32 and 2T, boys shirt sizes large and 2T, boys shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 6 1/2. […]

Donation numbers drop for Salvation Army

Freedom Newspapers The local Salvation Army raised $37,464.22 with its Christmas projects this season, officials said on Sunday. The total is about $5,300 less than a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the difference can be blamed largely on wintry weather. “We had three days last week where we couldn’t get out (with donation kettles) […]