Woman needs help with car repairs to get to medical appointments

December 3, 2018

A 72-year-old woman in the Española area has been without transportation for several months because she can’t afford to fix her car and has limited access to public transportation.

A diabetic who underwent a liver transplant a few years ago, she says she has frequent medical appointments and uses a walker due to a hip replacement.

Her sole income is $800 monthly retirement benefits, and she says it has been “extremely rough to survive, more so since my car broke.”

She is asking for help from the Empty Stocking Fund to get her vehicle repaired.

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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.

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.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed.

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 must provide a Social Security number.


Anonymous (2): $250

Judy Goldberg and Thayer Carter: $50

Paula and Neal Devitt: $100

Paula Lozar: $50

Kimberly MacLoud: $100

Tamara Kowalski and Paul Nixon, in memory of Harold and Melba Nixon: $40

Janet and Carlos Ortiz, in memory of Anthony Valdez and Grace Montano: $500

Alan Shapiro NM5S: $50

Susan Swartzberg: $100

The Griego Family, in memory of Edward L. Griego: $250

The Thomas family: $200

William Varnum: $100

Judy and Andy Winnegar, in memory of Mary Ann Newmaker: $250

Total: $2,040

Cumulative total: $54,053.18

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