Empty Stocking Fund, Jan. 20, 2021

Empty Stocking Fund, Jan. 20, 2021

Who you’ve helped: The Empty Stocking Fund paid rent, utilities and auto insurance for a Santa Fe woman who is trying to rebuild her life after being homeless for more than two years. In addition to her housing struggles, she went through a bitter child custody dispute. “Every month it is a struggle to pay my bills,” she wrote in a request for assistance. “Not to mention all the emotional stress I have gone through.”

How it works: Applications for funding are carefully vetted. Members of the Empty Stocking Committee review requests and meet with each qualifying applicant to examine records of outstanding bills or other needs, and to verify the applicant’s income. If a request is approved, the committee sends a check directly to the service supplier. The cap for most requests is $1,000.

2020 goal: $275,000

This holiday charity project of The New Mexican began in 1981 and is jointly administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Enterprise Bank and Trust, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services, The Life Link, Habitat for Humanity, Esperanza Shelter, the Housing Trust and two private individuals.

To donate: Make tax-deductible donations 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 may choose to remain anonymous.

To provide a service such as roofing or home repairs, contact Habitat for Humanity at To contribute food, clothing, toys, furniture, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.

Anonymous: $3,775

Phillip Apprill: $100

Michele Brock: $250

Julie Campbell, in memory of my father, Don Campbell: $50

Daniel Custer: $100

Robert Estrin: $100

Barbara Ferrell: $50

William Gee: $100

David Wayne and Cynthia Geist: $100

Dottie Indyke and Monica Gilboa: $200

Michael Golden: $100

Timothy Johnson, in memory of Claudia Lewis: $100

Erica Wheeler and Martin Kuziel: $125

Kathrynn Drahn and Marcel Legendre: $200

Don and Allison Lemons, in memory of James Karslake: $100

David Margolis: $100

Alyn Martinez: $250

Arin McKenna: $25

Katharine and James Norton: $100

Susan Paturzo: $50

Renee Martinez and Greg Ridgley: $200

Eugene Royer: $500

Jane Starrett: $200

Steven Berkshire and Eileen Swinehart: $50

Emily Talley: $150

Total: $7,075

Cumulative total: $511,565.13

Published at Wed, 20 Jan 2021 02:08:17 +0000

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Written by Riel Roussopoulos


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