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.
When Tammie and her 3 children left her abusive boyfriend, she chose to further her education to provide for her children. She is working on obtaining a graphics and marketing certificate. She needs winter clothes, a coat and boots and wears a size 5/6 in pants, small in shirts, and 8 in shoes and loves black. All three children need coats, hats, gloves, shoes, snow boots and warm clothes. Nena is 6 and loves Barbie dolls, Disney, crafts and the colors pink and purple. She wears a size 6/7 in tops and bottoms and a size 13 in shoes. Shelbe is 2 and loves dolls, reading, Minnie Mouse and the colors pink and purple. She wears a size 3T in tops and bottoms and 7 in toddler shoes. Clark is 7 months old and loves being read to, playing with toys, and the colors blue and green. He wears 6-9 month in tops and bottoms and is a size 2 in toddler shoes, and needs a stroller and car seat. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Julie and Kyle are hardworking parents who need items for the small home that they are building including: solar panels, R19 2x6 insulation for 24” wall, generator, carpet, tile, sheet rock, kitchen sink, cupboards, mini fridge that can run on solar panels, 6” double wall stove pipe for wood stove, propane water heater and propane. Julie is 8 months pregnant and can use a baby gate and toys for her newborn. Julie has a 14-year-old daughter in need of sweatpants and jeggings size woman’s medium, snow pants size women’s medium and warm pajamas size medium. The family is also looking for a reliable vehicle to get back and forth to work. Contact The Salvation Army located at 2100 Sixth Avenue North or call 281-7480.
Frank and his two children are rebuilding their lives after he left a toxic relationship, became a single dad and re-entered the workforce. Frank needs gift cards for gas, groceries and clothing. He wears a XL in tops and 34x36 bottoms and a size 10½ shoe. Both children need winter coats, clothes, hats, gloves and boots. Jackson is 15 and loves playing sports, listening to iTunes and reading. He wears large tops, a size 32x34 in pants and a size 9½ in shoes. His favorite colors are red and grey. Lucy is 9 and loves Monster High, Minecraft, and making any kind of crafts in her free time. Her favorite colors are maroon and black. She wears a girl’s medium in tops and large (14/16) in bottoms and a size 3 in shoes. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Alice is a single mother to 10-month-old Poppy. Alice’s husband abused drugs and alcohol, and Alice feared for their safety. She is trying to start over on her own. Poppy needs size 5 diapers and size 18 months onesies and pants. She wears a size 5T shoe. She would love a new baby doll or any type of interactive toy that can help her through the learning process of words, numbers and colors. Her favorite color is red, and she is intrigued by anything that makes noises and moves. Alice would be the happiest mom ever if she could receive a vacuum cleaner that is good at lifting pet hair. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Starting last year, John’s wife would leave their two sons alone while he was on the road for work. She had a serious drug problem, and when she was home she would yell at and belittle the boys. She is no longer in the home, and John struggles to care for the boys and maintain his full-time job. David is 13 and loves video games and the Chicago Bulls. Roland is 10 and also loves video games and making art. Growing boys like to shop at the mall (Zumiez, H&M, and Rue 21). They also like to go to the movies and McDonald’s. John could really use grocery and gas cards and a new winter coat (Mens size L). Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Moira took her two young daughters and left her husband after he kicked her in the stomach during an argument. She filed for a divorce and parenting plan and is working toward becoming a medical assistant. She struggles with transportation and rent money, but she is determined to provide a safe and stable life for her daughters. Alexis is 5 and loves to read books, do puzzles and practice gymnastics. Her favorite colors are pink, purple and white. She needs jeans, pants, dresses and shoes. She would love to receive ice skates, LOL Surprise dolls, Furreal pets or Hatchimals surprise eggs. She wears 5T or XS pants and shirts and size 11 shoes. Veronica is 2 and loves music and dancing. Her favorite colors are pink and purple, and she also needs pants, dresses, jeans, shoes and socks. She would love to receive a toy guitar, baby stroller or Mickey Mouse Duplo set. She wears 2T pants and shirts and six 7 shoes. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Bridgette and her three children have had a rough year. After leaving her abusive partner and working two jobs to provide for her children, Bridgette was violently assaulted when her partner broke into her home. Bridgette needs gifts cards for food and gas, a new winter coat and a pair of boots. She wears a size 8/10 in pants, large in tops, and a 7½ in shoes. Her favorite colors are pink and black. All of the children need snow pants, hats, gloves, boots and winter clothes. Brianna is 7. Her favorite color is pink, and she would love to get stuffed animals and coloring books with supplies. She wears a size 7 in tops and bottoms and size 13 in shoes. Lilly is 3. Her favorite color is pink, and she loves to play with baby dolls, Barbies, and loves to watch kids' movies. Lilly wears a 3T/4T in pants and tops, size 3T in pull-ups, and a size 6 in shoes. Micah is 2. His favorite colors are blue and green, and he loves to play with trucks, cars, sports balls and teddy bears. He wears a size 2T in tops and bottoms, a size 5 in diapers, and a 4 or 5 in shoes. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Penny and her two daughters have been busy settling into a life without violence after Penny’s abusive partner left the house. Penny is working on advancing her career with help from her YWCA case manager. Penny would love a gift card to take her girls out to the movies and a gift certificate to get family pictures taken. Brielle is 12 and loves to draw and paint and is always needing more art supplies. She needs toiletry items to put together a “sleepover kit” for when she is over at a friend’s house. She wears a women’s 8 in pants, women’s medium in tops, and a size 8 in shoes. Stella is 5 and loves to play with baby dolls and would love some new baby doll toys. She is need of sweat suits for winter months to keep her warm. She wears a size 5T in tops and bottoms and a size 10 in shoes. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.
Ethan and his two daughters have found peace from his abusive partner and are settling into a new home while Ethan pursues his associate degree. Ethan is 38 and needs gift cards for groceries and gas and would love to take his daughters out to a special dinner. He is also in need of a winter coat (Men’s size medium). Carly is 16, her favorite color is teal, and would love winter clothes, accessories and a gift card for makeup. Carly wears a misses size 8 in pants, large in tops, and 9 in shoes. Fiona is 12, her favorite color is purple, and she loves to craft and play board games with her family. Fiona wears a women’s size 6 in pants, small in tops, and 7 in shoes. Both girls are in need of coats, boots and winter clothes. Contact YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., Billings, MT 59101. Phone 406-252-6303. Please mark it with the name of the recipient.