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Couple seeks funds to fix pickup’s timing belt

December 13, 2018 GMT

A 34-year-old woman says she lives in an off-grid home in Rio Arriba County with her spouse and 2-year-old child.

The family depends on a pickup to haul firewood, which is their only heating source, and to haul propane, which is their energy source for hot water and cooking.

However, the pickup needs a new timing belt.

The couple are struggling financially because the woman’s husband’s work hours were cut back substantially.

“We have no money in our bank account and are currently unsure of how we will even pay our rent next month,” she wrote in her application.

They are asking for help getting a new timing belt for the pickup.

The couple are among hundreds of people seeking help from the Empty Stocking Fund this season.

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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.

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.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed.

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.

Donations

Anonymous (3): $1,350

Eva and Edward Borins, in memory of Tom Margittai: $100

Mark and Nancy Brugh: $200

Martha Davis and C. Emery Cuddy Jr.: $100

Daniel and Camille Donoghue, in memory of Kae Donoghue: $50

Danny and Marissa Earp: $200

Janet and James Elder: $50

Ellie Hinds Memorial Endowment Fund: $100

Laraine Ferguson, in memory of Gail Gagler: $75

Lucy Lippard and Jim Feris: $150

Barbara and Bob Gallatin: $200

David and Cleo Henkel, in memory of Elizabeth Vaughn Henkel

Ethel Hess: $100

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hickman: $200

David King, in memory of Sean King: $100

Judy and Elmer Leslie: $100

Bret Luboyeski, in honor of Christine Luboyeski: $50

Bret Luboyeski, in honor of Stephanie & Paul Luboyeski: $50

Mary Anne and Bruce Larsen Fund: $300

Matilda and Howard Rubin: $100

David McDonald and Anne Salzmann: $150

David and Terri Selvage, in honor of Donald O’Neil: $100

Ruth and Arnold Valerio, in memory of departed family: $200

Total: $4,025

Cumulative total: $95,482.06