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Empty Stocking

Holiday help for families in need

For 33 years The Empty Stocking Fund has made the holiday season brighter for people in need throughout Northern New Mexico. In 2012, donations to the fund exceeded $185,000 — every dollar of which went to help more than 250 families experiencing immediate financial challenges.

Established to help meet the needs of people experiencing financial challenges during the holidays, the fund accepts contributions — both cash and, more recently, donations of home services — throughout the year.

To apply for a gift from the Empty Stocking Fund, individuals submit applications that are reviewed by a committee of representatives from The Santa Fe New Mexican, The Santa Fe Community Foundation, The Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services and First National Bank of Santa Fe.

Eligible candidates are then invited to an in-person interview, and funds are quickly distributed.

"The funds given to each approved applicant vary depending on need," explains Monica Taylor, The Santa Fe New Mexican's Marketing Director. "We try to help as many people as possible, which is why we meet applicants in person to assess each individual situation."

Each year, The Santa Fe New Mexican features daily stories throughout the holiday season about applicants who have applied for funds. This year, those stories will begin December 1.

All administrative costs for the program are absorbed by The Santa Fe New Mexican and fund partners. 100% of donations go to those in need.

A season of hope and a time of need

For more than three decades, the Empty Stocking Fund has served as a critical safety net for those experiencing financial challenges in the community. The Empty Stocking Fund provides support for a variety of needs to help our friends and neighbors experience a holiday season that is truly merry and bright.

Watch for daily stories featuring requests for assistance from local residents now through the end of the year in The Santa Fe New Mexican.

To Donate

Make your tax deductible donation online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking

or you may mail a check to:

The New Mexican's Empty Stocking Fund            c/o The Santa Fe Community Foundation,          P.O. Box 1827,   Santa Fe, NM 87504-1827

If you can provide a needed service such as roofing, car repair, home repairs, etc. contact Roberta at Presbyterian Medical Services at 505-983-8968.

If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares or furniture in good condition, or other items or services, please contact The Salvation Army at 505-988-8054

NEW THIS YEAR! Donate online in honor of a friend or loved one, and you’ll have the option of sending them a custom e-card from The Empty Stocking Fund to let them know about your contribution. Courtesy of Santa Fe Community Foundation and InSight Photo.

To Apply

Complete your application for assistance online www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking

Applicants who do not have access to a computer can complete an application online at several public libraries and businesses free of charge.

Santa Fe Public Library - Main Branch  145 Washington Ave.

La Farge Branch Library  1730 Llano St.

Southside Branch Library  6599 Jaguar Dr.

New Mexico Work Force Connection  301 W. DeVargas St.

Hopewell Center  1800 Espinacitas St.

Presbyterian Medical Services  1409 2nd St.

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 13th to be considered by the Empty Stocking Fund Committee. The Empty Stocking Fund will consider every applicant who meets the eligibility criteria, without regard to race, creed, place or country of origin, age, disability, ethnicity, color, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation. Applicants must provide a social security number or their request will not be funded.

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