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Ojo Caliente woman feels pending debts are spiraling out of control

December 25, 2018

A 36-year-old Ojo Caliente woman says her family’s automobile needs repairs.

Without a reliable source of transportation, she wrote in her application, her husband lost his job and it has been difficult for the couple and their three children to make it to appointments.

The household ran out of propane, which they used for heat and hot water, and began relying on electrical appliances, which has caused their electric bills to rise.

“Some of the missed obligations are hindering the ability to gain control of this spiralling-out-of-control situation,” she wrote.

They are 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

New Mexico School for the Deaf students: $597.18

Manuel and Jean Rodriguez: $100

Donna and Gil Sanchez: $100

Leonora Sanchez-Rees: $100

Barbara and Welman Shrader: $250

Stephen and Lozen Snyder: $150

Southwest Archaeological Consultants: $100

Gwen Takala: $200

Ginny and Jim Tape: $150

Total: $1,747.18

Cumulative total: $161,465.37

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