Single mom ‘living day to day’ needs home improvements

November 27, 2018

A single mother of two boys says her home needs to be winterized and needs plumbing work in the bathroom.

She says she can feel breezes come through the house because doors need weatherstrips and windows need to be fixed.

After her car broke down, she quit taking classes toward earning a business degree.

She and her sons are “just living day to day,” she says, and she worries that without some help from the Empty Stocking Fund, she will have nothing for her children at Christmas.

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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 or to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions at 301 W. De Vargas St.

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.


James and Louise Leopold, $100

Nancy and Ramon Jose Lopez, in honor of Kelle Rae Oien, Sarah and James Nickerson and Mark Frossard, $3,000

Antonio Lopez and Bank of America Matching Gifts Program, $250

Nancy Mammel, $5,000

Robert and Marjorie McCarthy, $100

John and Kathleen McCarthy, in memory of Al Grubesic, $100

John and Kathleen McCarthy, in memory of Barbara Martin, $100

George and Tiia McLaughlin, $400

Esther and Ralph Milnes, $1,000

Don Moore, $125

Joan Lombardi and Lee Nash, $100

The Noyes family, in memory of Barbara Martin, $100

Carole Owens, in memory of Fredrick Bender, $100

Total: $10,475

Cumulative: $36,205

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