Odessa grandmother needs help

The Salvation Army Odessa thrift store manager Simon Aguilar pushes a bicycle out the door of the The Salvation Army Odessa warehouse during their Angel Tree gift distribution Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at Salvation Army Odessa. The gifts from the Salvation Army were generously donated by individuals and businesses from the Odessa community. The Angel Tree program in Odessa receives significant financial support from the Empty Stocking Fund. (Odessa American File Photo)

Some Odessa families know a happy holiday could be out reach this year but can get help through the Empty Stocking Fund.

Anna is an Odessa grandmother raising three of her grandchildren, ages 5 and 4 and 17. The older child is autistic and their father is in prison. The mother is under an investigation and due to the circumstances the grandmother has little assistance.

Many in our community, like Anna’s family, need help this year as a Merry Christmas meal and gifts for the kiddos are simply out of reach. Will you help the needy in Odessa have a Merry Christmas?

The 29th year of the Empty Stocking Fund has a $100,000 goal to meet the needs in our community. The Fund helps families who are struggling to make ends meet. Many are single moms and grandmothers trying to raise family in tough economic times. Funds donated to the Empty Stocking stay in Ector County and help local families like that of Anna and her grandchildren.

The Empty Stocking Fund, an annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army, provides a good holiday meal and small gifts under the tree for needy seniors and children. Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund may be mailed or delivered to the Salvation Army Community Center, 810 E. 11th St., or the Odessa American, 700 N. Grant, Suite 800. ZIP codes for both are 79761. Call the Salvation Army at 332-0738.

The Empty Stocking Fund was created by the Odessa American in 1995 and has raised more than $2.24 million. Donate online at https://give.salvationarmytexas.org/campaign/empty-stocking-fund-2023-odessa-texas/c529771