Mother struggling with bills, transportation reaches out for help

December 15, 2018

A 49-year-old mother of three says she is job hunting and has fallen behind on bills.

Her electricity bill is $400 in arrears, her application says, and because she lacks auto insurance on her car, her vehicle registration was suspended.

Because the brakes need repairs and its bald tires need to be replaced, she wrote, “my car is operating unsafe and illegal.” But she says she needs it to take her children to school and for medical appointments.

She is among hundreds of people asking for 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.


Anonymous (10): $1,850

Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma: $50

Anonymous, in memory of Barbara Martin: $200

Ray and Dolores Herrera and Cal, in memory of Colette Herrera Tiner: $200

Ken and Joy Crandall: $100

Cuddy & McCarthy LLP: $500

Suzanne and Norman George: $500

Gloria Gordon: $200

Sheila Hartney, in honor of Nancy Peterson: $250

Margaret Keller, in honor of Ann and Mark Hinnen: $250

Ann Alexander and Richard Khanlian: $200

Dorothy and Jim Martin, in memory of Sallie Urffer: $20

Ursula and Richard Moeller: $100

Jeff Pine and Tom Morris: $200

Harvey and Sarah Morse: $100

Eugene and Carol Murski: $200

Jeff and Nancy Pollock: $100

Carolyn and Stephen Quesada: $100

Lynne Rauch: $1,250

Sue and Jeff Richardson: $100

Honorable Bill Richardson and Barbara Richardson: $250

Susan and David Rule: $100

Katrin Smithback, in honor of Eric Smithback: $250

Eila Stevens: $200

Pamela Homer and James Taylor: $250

Dave and Liz Vlaming: $125

Birgitte Ginge and Madeline Williamson: $100

Courtenay and Max Worrell, in memory of our father, Jerry Worrell: $100

Jack Zwemer, in honor of Cita Riley: $100

Total: $7,945

Cumulative total: $114,237.06

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