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Empty Stocking Fund: Family struggles to keep heat on

December 4, 2016 GMT

Jessica is married with three kids, ages 13, 11 and 5. “My husband is sick and can’t work,” she wrote, saying he has been waiting for disability benefits for four years. “I’ve been struggling.”

She needs clothing for her children and assistance with heating for their home. She also wants help to provide gifts for her kids for Christmas morning.

Jessica is among the many community members asking for help from The New Mexican’s Empty Stocking Fund during the holiday season.

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

The newspaper will run 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, call 505-983-8968.

If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares or furniture in good condition, firewood or other items or services, call 505-988-8054.

If you donate online in honor of a friend or loved one, a custom e-card can be sent from the Empty Stocking Fund to let them know about your contribution, courtesy of the Santa Fe Community Foundation and InSight Foto.

To apply for assistance: Applications for help must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 15 to be considered by the Empty Stocking Fund Committee. Applications can be submitted online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking. People who do not otherwise have access to the internet can go to any of the city’s three public libraries or to the New Mexico Workforce Solutions office at 301 W. De Vargas St.

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

Donations:

Anonymous (2): $200

Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation: $10,000

Paul Barnes and Vernon James: $250

John and Mary Macukas, in memory of Joseph Alfano: $100

Pamela Quay: $50

Whitney and Kate Sunderland: $100

Total: $10,700

Cumulative: $53,111.42