Single mom struggling with disability, lack of income

By Eric Butler

By Eric Butler
CNJ CORRESPONDENT
She’s only been a resident of the area for a couple of months, and doesn’t know a lot of people.
She also has three children to care for and only limited income from child-support payments while she tries to find a job.
Still, Ginny (not her real name) is optimistic.
“Things have been kind of hard, but they’re getting better with the help I get from the friend I live with,” said Ginny, upon applying for assistance through the Empty Stocking Fund, operated by the Salvation Army.
Ginny’s friend, though, has something in common with her. They both are struggling with health conditions that make keeping a steady stream of income difficult.
“I am an asthmatic and the person I live with is a diabetic,” Ginny said.
“So we both are sickly, but we try to do our best.”
A single mother, Ginny’s two sons are 12 and 9 years old. Her daughter is 7.
Without assistance from organizations like the Salvation Army, Ginny said the Christmas holiday would be even more of a challenge.
“It would be hard, but I would try to make it,” she said.
Through the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal, Ginny’s 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.