Senior seeks help with home repair

December 24, 2018 GMT

A 70-year-old woman says she has suffered from congestive heart failure and diabetes and in August had a total knee replacement.

She wrote in her application that the home in Santa Cruz where she lives alone is cold this winter because it has a few broken windows, a leaky roof and no heater in her bedroom.

The woman seeks help with repairing her home.

She is among hundreds of people who are asking for 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 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

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


Margaret Baca and Jess Maes: $100

Nancy and Richard Maner: $100

Nahum Ward-Lev and Shelley Mann-Lev: $100

John Donnell and Judy McGowan: $200

Mikki, Cristobal and Evie, in memory of Ernest Padilla: $200

Monroe Gallery of Photography LLC: $500

Julia Moore: $100

Total: $1,300

Cumulative total: $159,718.19