Mom wants good holiday memories for her son

Eric Butler

Most kids don’t remember their first Christmas.
Or do they?
After moving to the area from Texas eight months ago, Annie (not her real name) isn’t sure of the answer to that question. But if her year-old son does retain memories, she wants them to be good ones.
Annie, a single mother, actually has two children. Her newborn, one-month-old daughter, most certainly won’t recall anything of this holiday season.
But her son …
“I don’t think I will be able to get them anything and my mom and dad aren’t doing very well on money either,” said Annie, upon applying for help with the Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking Fund. “I’d like a special Christmas for my one-year-old. It’s his first real Christmas — I want him to have fun and have something to go under our tree.”
Because of complications with her pregnancy, Annie had to take more time off from her job in order to deliver — and recuperate from delivering — her daughter. When she was ready to get back on the job, her position was no longer there for her to resume.
“I just got released to go back to work, but they don’t have anything for me now,” says Annie, who receives TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) funds from the state. “I don’t know when I’ll actually get to go back to work.”
Through the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal, Annie’s family will receive a food basket that includes pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, cereal, beans, rice, sugar and macaroni and cheese.
More than 400 local families are scheduled to receive the baskets through the Empty Stocking Fund this holiday season.
Donations for the Empty Stocking Fund may be dropped off at the CNJ, 521 Pile St., or mailed to the CNJ, P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102-1689. Envelopes should be clearly marked to indicate they contain a donation for the Empty Stocking Fund.
All contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
People who would like to donate food or new Christmas toys or clothing items may do so at the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St.
Information is available by calling the Salvation Army office at 762-3801.