Empty Stocking Fund 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 40-year-old Ojo Caliente woman fell behind on her bills after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She has had 15 surgeries and hasn’t been able to work since being diagnosed, she said. She is asking for help to pay her utilities and car payment.

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.)

Donations

Christine and Ronald Pederson: $40

Douglas Pfliger: $25

PNM Resources Foundation and Karla J. Haught: $150

Helen Stacey: $100

Susan and Conrad De Jong Fund: $1,000

The Dorothy and Dwight Finkel Charitable Fund: $500

Total: $1,815

Cumulative total: $36,611

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