Sylvia had grown used to supporting her husband Charles ever since the time his health situation deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t work any more.
That was 15 years ago.
Even when Sylvia gave birth to a daughter five years ago, everything seemed fine.
But life for Sylvia and Charles (not their real names) suddenly became much more difficult when she also became disabled and unable to work.
“My husband is disabled and having serious health problems. Now, I can no longer work,” said Sylvia, who decided to apply with the Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking Fund for assistance this holiday season.
“This is the first Christmas that we have been in such bad shape,” Sylvia said. “I honestly see no way of having the means to celebrate Christmas without help.”
A resident of the area for the past 32 years, Sylvia receives government assistance totalling around $900 each month — barely enough to cover house payments and other bills.
Charles, meanwhile, has been unable to contribute to the family’s finances for some time.
“I was always the main provider,” Sylvia said.
Through the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal, Sylvia and Charles’ family will receive a food basket that includes pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, cereal, beans, rice, sugar and macaroni and cheese.
More than 400 local families are scheduled to receive the baskets through the Empty Stocking Fund this holiday season.
Donations for the Empty Stocking Fund may be dropped off at the CNJ, 521 Pile St., or mailed to the CNJ, P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102-1689.
Envelopes should be clearly marked to indicate they contain a donation for the Empty Stocking Fund.
All contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
People who would like to donate food or new Christmas toys or clothing items may do so at the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St.
Information is available by calling the Salvation Army office at 762-3801.