Family feels Christmas spirit through adversity

Eric Butler

o Fund could help relieve pressure for a family new to the Clovis community.

By Eric Butler
Even through the tough times, Margie tries to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas.
She won’t be able to offer her two children much in the way of gifts this year, but Margie (not her real name) tries to stay focused.
When she applied for assistance from The Salvation Army this holiday season, Margie was asked what Christmas would be like without help from community charities.
“It would still be a special day, because we celebrate Jesus’ birthday,” she said.
Margie’s husband recently lost his job and has been trying to gather as much money as he can through odd jobs. The family, which includes an 11-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, survives through his efforts and help through food stamps and Medicaid.
Having only moved to the area six months ago, Margie and her husband didn’t have many contacts to turn to when he lost his job. So while the search for a job continues through the holiday season, she hopes for the best.
“I want my family to have a nice Christmas, especially for the kids,” Margie said. “I would like my kids to have some clothes, a new coat and some nice toys to play with.”
Through the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of The Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal, Margie’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 office at 762-3801.