Young girl decorating a Christmas tree

Each year, Empty Stockings gives readers a way to connect with struggling families around Billings.

The profiles are real, but the names have been changed to protect the identities of those who need help.

To help them, please contact the agency named in bold type at the end of each listing.

Gifts delivered to those agencies should be new and unwrapped, although gift wrap may be included with your donation.

Please label gifts with the names of the recipients.

Marie is 6 and an outgoing, fun kid. She wears size 2 shoes and 8-10 girls clothes. She would love any craft kit, but especially beading. She likes coloring books, movies and slime, and would like a worry stone or crystal. She also has a collection of gel pens and would like to add more. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Angelica, 4, and her younger brother, 2, are in a kinship foster placement with an uncle, aunt, and their two children, ages 6 and 16. Angelica’s father passed away, and her mother is working on treatment for substance abuse. Angelica’s uncle is disabled and cannot work, the family struggles just to cover the basics. Angelica wears a size 6 shirt and size 5 pant. She likes “Frozen” toys, barbies and baby dolls. Her little brother, Ryan, wears size 3T clothing and likes Paw Patrol, dinosaurs and cars. A foster brother, Daniel, wears size 14/16 shirts, size 10 husky pants and likes Spiderman and Batman. Another foster brother, Joseph, wears size 18 shirts, 16 regular pants, and loves sports things. Contact Explorers Academy~A Head Start Program: 615 N. 19th St., Billings, MT 59101; 406-245-7233 x. 278.

Jake, 11 and Evan, 5, just returned home with their mother and are happy to be there. Mom works full time but she is a single mom and money is short so help at Christmas would be a godsend. Jake wears size 8 shoes; 10-12 pants; and 12-14 shirts. He likes sports, games and videos. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Evan is a tiny, little guy wearing size 10 shoes; 3t-4t pants and shirts. He likes trucks, games, action figures like Superman, ninjas, etc. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Alicia is 8 and in foster care with a relative. Money is tight, but they are doing a great job caring for her. Alicia loves dresses (size 9-10) and girly stuff like hair and nail things. She really wants LOL dolls and LOL doll clothes. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Kade, 2, wears size 3T and likes anything Scooby-Doo. He could use a winter coat and some snow boots. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Megan, 11 months, is wearing size 12-18-month clothing. She could also use 18-24-month clothing. She is trying to crawl; age-appropriate toys would be nice. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Harper, 5, and her brother, 6, are in a foster placement with family friends, who have 2 smaller children of their own, ages 5 and 18 months. The children were witness to domestic violence and drug abuse while in their biological home. Harper wears size 5/6 tops and pants and loves Spirit horses, ponies, building toys, and puzzles. Her brother, Henry, wears size 6 tops and pants and needs pajamas. He loves baseball and Legos. Addison wears size 5 tops and pants, and loves “girly” things such as bows, puzzles and trolls. Stella wears size 2T clothing and would love any toys that are age appropriate. Contact Explorers Academy~A Head Start Program: 615 N. 19th St., Billings, MT 59101; 406-245-7233 x. 278.

Molly, 16, likes Starbucks, music, and arts and crafts and would like a gift card for some clothes. She could use bath/shower items and hair styling tools. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Trevor, 11, likes Legos and would like a Nerf gun. He wears a size 12-14 in shorts and shirts. He likes "Marvel" and "Star Wars." Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

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Sam, 9, likes Marvel superhero characters and "Star Wars." He is wearing a size 10/12 for clothing. He likes classic Legos and Hot Wheels.  Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Abby, 7, and Ariel, 9, are sisters, they enjoy playing board games together. They wear size 7/8 and 8/10. They are girly and love dressing up.  Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

A father and step-mother are raising two daughters, Anna, 9, and Samantha, 11. Anna is wearing size 10/12 and loves everything unicorns. She wears size 3 for shoes. Samantha is wearing size 14/16, she loves colors and is into “girly” items. She wears size 5½ -6 kids/juniors for shoes. Anything would be nice for the parents, as they didn’t ask for anything. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Freddie, 7, loves anything Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog. He would like some snow shoes for Christmas, Size 3 and a 3DS or 2DS game. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Crystal, 14, loves shopping and would love a gift card to the mall. (Her favorite store is Pink by Victoria Secret.) She also loves playing the ukulele and would enjoy a book on this. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Tonya, 5, would love a Barbie House for Christmas and some snow boots size 1½. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Gilbert, 7, loves puzzles and art and crafts. He is wearing size 8/10. He could use a winter coat and new snow boots. He would enjoy a Tech Deck kit and Ben 10 toys. His sister Hannah, 6, loves projects and arts and crafts. She likes to do her hair and dress up. She likes LOL toys and Polly Pockets. She wears a size 7/8 and loves anything Disney. She is learning and could use some educational crafts/workbooks. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Matthew, 3, and his big brother, Benjamin, 7, live with their adopted family and three older siblings. Mom has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is unable to work. Dad is trying to get full-time employment. The family is homeless, trying to find a home that is centrally located. Matthew wears size 3T clothing and likes Hot Wheels. Benjamin wears size 8 clothing and likes games to play as a family. Adam, 12, Jack, 16, and Karen, 18, all would like gift cards to purchase clothing. Contact Explorers Academy~A Head Start Program: 615 N. 19th St., Billings, MT 59101; 406-245-7233 x. 278.

Cher is a single mother who works full time and supports herself and her 2-year-old son, Sonny. Cher would be grateful for clothes for her son (size 4T), stocking cap for winter, Hot Wheels cars, a race track for cars, shoes (7½), socks, trucks, books, hoodies and any age-appropriate learning games. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Betty is a single working mother caring for her twins, Jasper and Luke, by herself. Betty would appreciate clothing (4T and 2T), shoes (7 and 8), baby wipes, baby wash, lotion, socks, hats, gloves, sippy cups, diapers (size 5 and 6), blankets. Betty just moved into her own apartment and could use rugs, kitchen utensils, plates, a shower curtain, bathroom rug, towels, shampoo, conditioner, sweaters (L), cups, bowels, socks, bottoms (size 7). Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

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Little boy going in pajamas on Christmas

Susy has four young boys who are dealing with trauma and dysregulation. Susy would like weighted blankets for them to assist the children with anxiety. Suzy works and supports her family financially but is unable to afford the blankets. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

A grandmother has taken on a family of five, including a set of autistic twins. She works full time and is managing best she can but the family struggles financially. Judy is 16. She wears a M in women’s tops, 4 in pants and size 9 shoes. She needs winter clothing. She plays basketball, and all she wants for Christmas is a better phone. Kevin is 13. He wears 16 slim in pants, youth large in tops, and size 9 shoes. He wrestles and would like new wrestling shoes, black or pink. He needs winter clothing, socks and warmer bedding for a twin bed. Hannah is 13. She wears XS tops in women’s, youth 12 in pants, and size 4 shoes. She plays softball, and would like a new glove and athletic socks. She needs winter clothing, especially boots. She would like a nicer phone as well. Jason is 5. Wears size 5 pants and XS tops. He loves the color blue. He needs winter clothing and warmer bedding for a twin bed. He loves Legos and Pixar movie characters, especially Wall-E. Randy is 5, and wears size 5 pants and XS tops. He loves the color red. He needs winter clothing and warmer bedding for a twin bed. He loves Legos and Matchbox cars. He likes playing with Manve magnetic tiles at therapy but does not have any at home. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Josh, 3, would love a train with tracks for it to go on for Christmas and some snow boots toddler Size 10. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Ashley, 9, would love snow boots size 2½ for Christmas. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Anna, 12, would love some Nike Jordans size 4 for Christmas. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Carl, 14, would love a Lego Batman set and shoes size 4 for Christmas. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Dalton, 5, is the youngest in a large, blended family. Mom recently had surgery and has been unable to work. Dad cannot work due to back issues. The family is behind on bills. Dalton needs snow boots size 5 and likes Paw Patrol toys. Krissy, age 6, wants a Hatchimals toy, needs socks size 1 or 2 and underwear size 6/7. Damian, age 7, wants a 2 player electronic laser tag game and needs socks size 3 and boxer underwear size 8. Kaden, 8, wants a boxer interactive robot and needs pajamas size 8-10. Kenzie, 9, needs hair supplies and wants a make-up kit. Logan, 10, wants a Robbox gift card and needs socks size 5-6 and underwear size 12 youth. Carter, 11, wants a Barrett Nerf gun strike dart blaster. Deidre, 13, would like a gift card for clothing. Michael, 14, would like a gift card for clothing or a google play gift card. Contact Explorers Academy~A Head Start Program: 615 N. 19th St., Billings, MT 59101; 406-245-7233 x. 278.

Laura, 3, would love anything Paw Patrol or "Frozen" for Christmas. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Tanya, 12, would love an Under Armour sweatshirt for Christmas size adult small. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

It's 16-year-old Gary's dream to be in the Marines, and he would enjoy anything related to this. He also would like a wallet with a chain and a size Large Woodland Tech Jacket for Christmas. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Ashley, 8, would love some Barbies for Christmas and some pants size 6/7. She also really likes doing crafts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

David, 8, would love some Legos for Christmas and some pants size 7/8. He loves superheroes and likes to read books. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Clara, 6, loves anything that has to do with the movie "Frozen." Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

David, 13, would like clothes for Christmas and some Legos. He wears size 32x32 for pants and Large for shirts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Eric is an independent 17-year-old boy who works several hours per week while attending high school. He would enjoy new cookware, utensils, dishes, blankets and towels to use in his new apartment. Eric wears size 32x36 in jeans and adult large shirts. Eric would appreciate gift cards to purchase things he could use for his apartment. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Amanda is a creative 16-year-old girl. She would love some new craft supplies, new makeup and Smell Goodie lotions. Amanda is in need of adult large shirts and woman’s jeans, size 12 long. She is a size 9 in shoes. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Gina is an artistic 17-year-old girl who loves to draw, especially anime. She would love to have a new large sketch book and drawing utensils. Gina also enjoys any type of crafting. Gina needs a new winter outfit. She wears a size 12 long in women’s jeans and size adult large in shirts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Sam is a happy-go-lucky 16-year-old teen girl who loves to get dolled up. She would love some new makeup, jewelry and new outfit. She wears a size 14 in woman’s jeans/leggings and size adult large shirts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Jake is a 14-year-old boy spending the holidays in a group home. He is in need of some new clothes, especially a comfy sweatshirt, size medium. Jake loves to play football. He also enjoys drawing, coloring and watching movies. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Isaac is an energetic and happy 12-year-old little boy who loves to play video games and ride horses. He also enjoys playing basketball and building with Legos. Isaac is need of size 14-16 youth pants and shirts, size 8 in shoes. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

John and Justin are 16-year-old twin brothers spending their first Christmas together in years. John is an excellent horseman. He is in need of some new riding jeans, size 32x36 and shirts, size large. Justin is preparing to attend Job Corps. He would enjoy getting a new sketch book and drawing utensils. Justin is in need of some new clothing, jeans size 32x34 and shirts size large. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

James is a 16-year old boy recently reunited with his mother. He loves to read fiction books and play video games. James enjoys playing basketball and football. He is in need of size 34x36 in men’s jeans and an adult XL in shirts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Macy is a 16-year-old girly girl spending her holiday in a group home. She loves getting dolled up. Macy would enjoy a new curling hair wand and crimper. She would also love a new outfit, size 12 women’s jeans and size L in shirts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Allison is an 11-year-old little girl who would love a magnetic dress doll set. She would also like a new Barbie and baby doll with clothes. Allison wears a size med women’s shirts and long sweaters, and size large in women’s leggings. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Sandra is an energetic 11-year-old little girl whose true passion is her love for gymnastics. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Kendra enjoys crafting and getting all dolled up. She is a size 14/16 in girls clothing. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

Mason is a 16-year-old boy who will be spending Christmas in a treatment facility out of state. He loves to play sports and would like a new basketball. He is a size 30x34 in jeans and size large in shirts. Contact DPHHS, Child and Family Services Division. 2525 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 309. Billings, MT 59101. 406-657-3120.

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