Empty stocking: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Sonya
Household members: 5
Children: 3
Special circumstances: “My boyfriend is on commission and last year we did not have much of a Christmas because of the weather not letting him work. We didn’t even make enough to pay bills.”
Her holiday hopes: “I hope we could give our kids a Christmas this year. I just want to give our kids a little Christmas.”
Clothing needs: 12 or 14 boys’ pants, 12 or 14 boys’ shirt, 4T girls’ pants, 4T girls’ shirt, 3T boys’ pants, 3T boys’ shirt, 1 boys shoes, 7 toddlers shoes.
Toys list: Henry, 4, remote control monster truck; Monica, 2, baby doll with crib and George, 1, Littletyke toys.

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 Sonya Call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.