Empty Stocking: Nov. 26, 2004

Today’s focus: Sheila
Household members: 4
Children: 3
Special circumstances: “ I am asking for help because I really need it. I don’t have money to give my kids a good Christmas. I know that I can’t do it for them, and I don’t want them to go without because of me.”
Her holiday hopes: “For once in their lives I would like (my kids) to have something nice.”
Clothing needs: 5-T girls pants, 9 boys pants, 2-T girls pants, large girls shirt, 9 boys shirt, 2-T girls shirt, girls shoe size 10 1/2, boys shoe size 4 1/2 and girls shoe size 6.
Toys list: Tamara, 4, Barbies and Dora the Explorer; Zach, 10, race car track; and Amanda, 1, a toy that lights up or makes noise.
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The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal. 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 400 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 88102-1689. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army. Food, new Christmas toys or clothing may be brought 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.

If you would like to help Sheila, call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.