Empty Stocking Fund, Jan. 26, 2023

Jan. 25—The Empty Stocking Fund is a 41-year project of The New Mexican. Each year, hundreds of people receive aid from the fund during the holiday season to help cover rent payments, medical bills, utility costs, car repairs, home improvements and other needs.

Who it helps: Applicants, who must live within 50 miles of Santa Fe and must provide documents that provide proof of their identity, are considered without regard to race, age, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. Applications are now closed.

How it works: Applications for funding are carefully vetted. Members of the Empty Stocking Committee review requests, meet with each qualifying applicant to examine records of outstanding bills or other needs and verify the applicant's income. If a request is approved, the committee sends a check directly to the service supplier. Requests can be as much as $2,500 per household depending on the need.

This holiday charity project, which began in 1981, 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, Youth Shelters and Family Services, Gerard's House and a private individual. As of Tuesday, the fund had already paid out $240,000 for this year's applicants.

2022 goal: $375,000. The fund has exceeded this goal, raising almost $377,000 as of Jan. 20.

To donate: Make your tax-deductible donation online by visiting 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, N.M., 87504-1827. Cash and coin donations are always welcome. Those can be dropped off at the offices of the newspaper at 150 Washington Ave. 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: $511.55

Anonymous: $200

Anonymous: $200

Rudy and Connie Archuleta: $100

Gail Grimes and Mark Greenberg: $204.81

Tomas and Susan Guillen: $500

Brian Kitts: $25

Riette Mugleston: $200

Susan Munroe and Terry Smith: $102.56

Jody Soper and Stephen Shaw — In memory of Kathy Abeles: $100

Rosa Weiss: $25

Sharon Woods: $500

Cumulative total: $376,915.56