Single mom seeks help with cost of replacing car engine

November 27, 2018

A single mother says she is disabled but able to work part time. While she earns enough to cover rent and essential bills for her and her daughter, her income leaves nothing extra for emergencies, such as a blown engine in her car.

Since she was told the car needs a new engine, and her physical disability makes it difficult to walk or bicycle, she has used Uber to get groceries, do laundry and get to medical appointments.

A repair shop told her the car is worth fixing, which would cost an estimated $2,500. She is asking for help from the Empty Stocking Fund to get it repaired or acquire another vehicle.

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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 publishes 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.

If you donate online in honor of a friend or loved one, a custom e-card can be sent from the Empty Stocking Fund to let them know about your contribution, courtesy of the Santa Fe Community Foundation and InSight Foto.

To apply for assistance: Applications for help must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 30 to be considered by the Empty Stocking Fund Committee. Those who have received aid from the fund within the past four years will not be provided aid again this year.

Applications can be submitted online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking. People who do not otherwise have access to the internet can go to any of the city’s three public libraries.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered without regard to race, creed, place or country of origin, age, disability, ethnicity, color, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation.

Recipients must live in Santa Fe County or Rio Arriba County and provide a Social Security number.


Mac and Josie Ozelton, $50

William Simmons and Nancy Parker, in memory of and in honor of the life of Barbara Martin, $100

Quota International of Santa Fe Inc., $117

Polly Rose, $40

Christine and R. G. Russell, $150

Santa Fe Advisors LLC, $111.51

Karen Schmidt, $150

Jack and Peggy Siegel, $122.67

Thomas and Hendrika Spier, $100

The Dorothy and Dwight Finkel Charitable Fund, $500

The Retired Book Club, $100

Stephen and Suzanne Watkins, $100

Griego family, $100

Total: $1,741.18

Cumulative Total: $37,946.18

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