12-13 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: Ms. M

Household members: 3

Children: 2

Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unemployed and is raising two grandsons. Her husband is in jail and he was the only provider for the family. “Ms. M” is struggling to make ends meet.

Her holiday hopes: For her grandsons to have a good Christmas.

Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes medium. Boys pants sizes 32-32 and 32-34. Boys shoe sizes 6 and 5.

Toys list: MP3 player with headphones.

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

Who’s helped: Around 600 families who’ve asked the Salvation Army to help make Christmas special.

Donations: Can be dropped off at the PNT, 101 E. First St. in Portales, or mailed to P.O. Box 848, Portales, NM 88130. Can also be dropped off at the CNJ, 521 Pile St. in Clovis or mailed to P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Checks must be made payable to “The Salvation Army.”

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. M,” call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.