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Hernández mom on disability seeks help with overdue bills

December 30, 2018

A 36-year-old Hernández mother of four says she has been receiving disability benefits because of heart disease and mental disorders but is able to do some part-time home health care work.

She says her family fell behind on bills after her husband was injured at work and subsequently was laid off.

While he started working again about six months ago, she wrote in her application for help from the Empty Stocking Fund, the family is having a hard time catching up on debts, including past-due loans that have been reported to a credit reporting agency.

The family ran out of propane for heating and cooking, and is relying on electric heaters and using small electric hot plates to prepare meals.

She is 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 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.

Donations

Anonymous (8): $1,220

City Different Enterprises Inc.: $1,500

Kaylinda and Mark Crawford: $75

Lisa Freeman: $200

Connie and Ray Lucero: $50

Neil and Cindy Lyon: $250

Lucinda Marker, in memory of John H. Tull: $25

Sylvia LaMar and Rod Mehling, in honor of our sisters: $200

Total: $3,520

Cumulative total: $197,480.37

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