Single mom struggles with part-time work
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 email@example.com.
If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, firewood, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.
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
Cumulative total: $158,418.19