Empty Stocking: Dec. 17, 2004

Today’s focus: Carmen

Household members: 2

Children: 1

Special circumstances: “With having to pay bills and buy food and all of this being done with just me, it is hard to make ends meet. I work 40 hours a week and study at night when I have time at work. There is just enough money right now to buy (necessary) things.”
Her holiday hopes: Gifts for her daughter.

Clothing needs: Girl’s pants size 3T; girl’s shirt size 3T; girl’s shoe size 6 toddler.

Toys list: Tara, 17 months, Little Tykes wagon or a Big Wheel.

• 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 Carmen, call Capt. Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.