A 64-year-old single mother in Santa Fe says she receives Social Security benefits and Section 8 housing assistance but struggles to cover living expenses for herself and her daughter.
She says they don’t have enough money to pay for repairs for the van they use in part to travel to medical appointments.
She is asking for help getting the heater and fuel gauge in their vehicle fixed.
They are among hundreds of people seeking help from the Empty Stocking Fund this season.
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The Empty Stocking Fund is a project of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The Santa Fe Community Foundation, Los Alamos National Bank, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services, the Life Link, Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Trust donate services to jointly administer the Empty Stocking Fund.
The newspaper is publishing stories featuring requests for assistance from local residents.
The information from the initial application will be verified if the applicant is selected for assistance.
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are considered without regard to race, creed, place or country of origin, age, disability, ethnicity, color, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation. They must live in Santa Fe County or Rio Arriba County and provide a Social Security number.
The deadline to apply for assistance has passed.
To donate: Make your tax-deductible donation online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking or 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.
Donors can request to remain anonymous.
If you can provide a service such as roofing or home repairs, contact Habitat for Humanity at email@example.com.
If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, firewood, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.
Anonymous (10): $2,025
Anonymous, in memory of Priscilla Hoback: $50
Aceves-London Family Fund: $1,000
Amy and John Amos: $100
Karen and Wayne Barnes: $1,000
Bruce and Cynthia Bolene: $500
Patricia Bott: $100
Jan and Tom Collett: $250
Conejo Loco Fund: $500
Dave and Peggy Feldt: $100
Francis and Marilyn Feltman: $100
Arthur and Jane Gabaldon: $100
Gail Grimes and Mark Greenberg: $100
Barbara and Philip Gudwin: $100
Mary Hancock: $50
Janelle and Juanita Haught, in loving memory of Nila and Earl Haught: $150
Paul and Lynne Horpedahl: $200
Bill Todino and Deb Hunter, in honor of Celia Szumowski: $50
Deborah Odum-Hutchinson and Joseph Hutchinson: $15
Barbara and Richard Kenney: $100
Regina Klein: $25
Keith Anderson and Barbara Lenssen, in memory of Barbara Martin: $250
Mickle-Baughman Fund: $100
Lisa Moroz: $150
Candy and Frank Norris: $75
Beatrice Ortiz, in memory of Deborah J. Ortiz: $50
Josina Ortiz: $20
Trudy Perry: $100
Nancy Benkof and Paul Pletka: $200
Bernadette Pogue, in memory of Edward W. Pogue: $250
Diana and Thad Rasche: $1,000
Florence Romero: $100
Casey and Kristin Ryan: $150
Paterson and Martha Simons: $100
Thomas Spencer Jr.: $100
Karen Stoll, in memory of Brooks Shera: $300
Paul and Jane Wilken: $50
Cumulative total: $105,092.06