Dec. 23, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. R”

Today’s focus: “Ms. R”

Household members: 4

Children: 3

Special circumstances: “Ms. R” is a single mother and has a limited income. She won’t have any extra money for Christmas.

Holiday hopes: To have presents for her children.

Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 12, 4T and 18 months. Boys shirt sizes large, 4T and 18 months. Boys shoe sizes 5 1/2 and 8.

Toy list: Electronic toys, work tools and musical toys.

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children and baskets of food with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families will receive donated turkeys instead of the voucher. The food baskets will also go to seniors on fixed incomes.

Who’s helped: Around 500 families who’ve asked the Salvation Army to help make Christmas special.

Donations: Can be dropped off at the CNJ, 521 Pile St., or mailed to the CNJ, P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88101. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.”

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31, according to Lynn Berry, Salvation Army board member and community relations/Newspaper In Education coordinator for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico.

Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St., or gifts may be purchased for specific children by choosing an Angel tag off trees located at North Plains Mall and Wal-Mart in Clovis.

If you would like to help “Ms. R,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.