After family emergency, Santa Cruz mother needs help with rent, bills

December 4, 2018

A 38-year-old Santa Cruz woman who cares for four children says she is a part-time worker who had to take time off due to a family emergency.

After her mother was hospitalized with stage 4 cervical cancer she traveled every other day to see her for two months. Her mother is now in hospice care.

She has fallen behind on her rent and is struggling with utility bills and other obligations.

After using up the little bit of savings she had, she is asking for help getting caught up on debts before the Christmas holiday arrives.

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The Empty Stocking Fund is a project of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The Santa Fe Community Foundation, Los Alamos National Bank, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services, the Life Link, Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Trust donate services to jointly administer the Empty Stocking Fund.

The newspaper is publishing stories featuring requests for assistance from local residents.

The information from the initial application will be verified if the applicant is selected for assistance.

To donate: Make your tax-deductible donation online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking or mail a check to The New Mexican’s Empty Stocking Fund c/o the Santa Fe Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1827.

Donors can request to remain anonymous.

If you can provide a service such as roofing or home repairs, contact Habitat for Humanity at repairs@santafehabitat.org.

If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, firewood, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are considered without regard to race, creed, place or country of origin, age, disability, ethnicity, color, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation. They must live in Santa Fe County or Rio Arriba County and provide a Social Security number.


Anonymous (7), $1,050

Anonymous, In memory of Kathy Parrott, $500

Elspeth Bobbs, In memory of Howard and Norrie Bobbs, $500

Marylou Butler, In memory of Lynn Mosher, $50

June and Thomas Catron, $250

Jinx and Bruce Connell, $250

George and Christy Croshaw, $100

Dave and Jacquie Duchane, $250

Robert Duncan, $200

Jonathan and Louise Fairbank, $150

Marcia and Frank Falcone, $50

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Maria and Gilbert Gonzales, $25

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David Hawkanson, $100

Robert A. Glick and Jacquelyn M. Helin, $100

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Mark and Anna Holland, $100

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David Kitts, $100

Bernie and Kristen Lieving, $100

Jean Marrs, $100

Cathy and Scott Miller, $100

Tony and Olivia Musgrave, In memory of Elizabeth Musgrave Olson, $200

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Julia B. Rose, $350

Jason Shapiro, $100

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Judy and Bob Sherman, $100

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Total:, $5,880

Cumulative:, $62,548.18

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