Homeless woman seeks help with dental care
A 63-year-old woman living in a Santa Fe shelter says her only income comes from Social Security disability benefits.
She wrote in her application that she has been without a partial denture for several months and recently broke a tooth while eating.
She lacks dental insurance and hopes to receive some basic dental care through a program that provides health care for the homeless.
However, because the cost of partial dentures is extra, she is asking for help paying her share of the expense.
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 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 (6): $11,220
Jane Bates: $50
Patricia Berssenbrugge: $50
Bransford Truck & Auto Inc.: $150
Margaret Detwiler: $100
Dona Durham, in honor of the Gym Girls: Pat, Connie, Kathie, Nancy, Vicky, Julie, Mary, Jane, Suzanne and Roberta: $125
William and Karen Gahr: $100
Virginia Hall-Smith: $50
Hoffman-Bravy Charitable Foundation: $250
Phillip and Judith Huston: $500
Michael Martin, in memory of Barbara Martin: $100
Lou and Kathleen Matta: $100
Nancy Ann Mellen Foundation: $600
Earl Potter: $100
Lois and Bud Redding, in memory of Charlie Batts: $200
Tony and Sarah Sawtell, in memory of John and Barbara Martin: $100
Alan and Doreen Stanton: $100
Paula Timmerman: $50
Suzanne Watkins, in loving memory of Barbara Martin: $100
Daniel and Jane Yohalem: $500
Cumulative total: $193,960.37