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Single mom struggles with part-time work

December 23, 2018

A 29-year-old single mother says she has a part-time job at a Santa Fe supermarket but is only getting 10 to 15 hours of work a week.

She says she is struggling to pay rent, utilities and other bills.

In her application, she wrote that she worries she won’t be able to keep her apartment or provide anything at Christmas for her 9-year-old daughter unless she can get more hours at work or find another job.

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 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

Julian Gallini-Ivry, in memory of Joan Gallini: $50

Gwen Gilligan, in honor of Johanna and Patrick Gilligan: $200

Susan and Allen Gutheim: $500

Haagen-Dazs Employees and Adrian: $340

Margaret Hartman: $100

John and Donna Herbrand, in memory of Kathy Theo: $100

Christine Warren and Kenn Holsten: $50

Kathy Longinaker and Nikki Hooser: $500

William Ivry, in honor of Ernie Braverman: $200

Robert and Janet Jahner, in memory of Matt Dale: $200

Paul Barnes and Vernon James: $200

Anne Johns: $150

Carol and Robert Kurth, in honor of and memory of Barbara Martin: $20

Ladies of Rancho Viejo, in memory of Martha Weston: $200

Alex Leeson, in memory of Lewis Leeson: $100

Alfred and Lupe Lujan: $100

Total: $3,010

Cumulative total: $158,418.19

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