2018 facts

Raised: $227,389.37

Number of donors: 983

Number of requests funded: 194

Distributed:

$97,070.34 for rent payments

$11,957.98 for mortgage payments

$24,910.79 for utilities

$4,320 in medical bills

$1,245.72 for health insurance coverage

$3,256.50 for household goods

$1,711.31 for appliances

$27,515.09 for car repairs

$5,931.50 for car loans

$3,260.41 for tires

$49,200 for car purchases. (No car purchases will be made this year.)

2019 Goal: $250,000

This holiday charity project of The Santa Fe New Mexican, which began in 1981, is jointly administered each year by the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Enterprise Bank and Trust, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services, The Life Link, Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Trust.

Who it helps: Hundreds of people receive aid from the fund during the holiday season to help cover rent payments, medical bills, utility costs, car repairs, home improvements and other needs. Applicants, who must live in Santa Fe or Rio Arriba counties and must provide a Social Security number, are considered without regard to race, age, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation.

How it works: Applications for funding are carefully vetted. Members of the Empty Stocking Committee review requests and meet with each qualifying applicant to examine records of outstanding bills or other needs, and to verify the applicant’s income. If a request is approved, the committee sends a check directly to the service supplier. The cap for most requests is $1,000.

To donate: Make your tax-deductible donation online at 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 repairs@santafehabitat.org. If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, firewood, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.

Applicant spotlight: A 63-year-old Santa Fe woman fell behind on her bills. She is asking for help to pay her rent and utilities.

Donations:

Anonymous: $1,500

Anonymous, in memory of family: $250

Anonymous, in memory of Bruce Voorhees: $100

Janice Baker, in memory of Jewel and Frances Baker: $50

Barbara Erdman Foundation: $10,000

Barbara Belding: $25

Bernard and Barbara Cawley: $500

William and Elaine Clelland: $250

Sarah and Philip de Give: $100

John and Cynthia Dobson: $300

Stephen and Karen Durkovich: $500

Jonathan and Louise Fairbank: $500

Barbara Fix: $75

Gladys and Joseph Guerrero: $25

Total: $14,175

Cumulative total: $91,671.46

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