Nov. 23, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys […]

June 11, 1923

Area farmers were blessed and cursed by recent rains The Clovis News described as the heaviest in Curry County history. Row crops sustained damage from the 8.55 inches of rain that fell June 7-9 while wheat farmers were pleased, the newspaper reported. … Denhof Jewelry Co. was offering “wedding gifts that are different.”… Santa Fe […]

It’s Their Business: Plant Works

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Plant Works started as a plant store 16 years ago, but now also sells gourmet foods and gifts, among other items. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) Name: Plant Works Garden & Gift Shop Location: 1100 N. Prince St. What they do: Sell candles, gifts, jewelry, plants, gourmet foods, and bath and body care, and make […]

Day-after dealing

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Tammie Trotter of Clovis stands in line at Wal-Mart to return gifts Tuesday afternoon. Trotter said that the process to return items was quick. Merchants reported a busy day with returns and sales. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A rapidly filling parking lot and moderately long lines awaited shoppers […]

Fund helps area families

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Approximately 520 Christmas gifts have been distributed to area children through a joint Salvation Army and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, according to Salvation Army officials. Toys, food, clothing and other gifts donated by community members were delivered through Saturday morning, Salvation Army Capt. Tammy Ray said. The […]

Holiday spending often exceeds expectations

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Never mind jingle bells, Nativity scenes or winter wonderlands. The best part of the holiday season is now in full tilt —the shopping. Sure, haggling through crowds isn’t so joyous. But spending money is. It’s not only fun but therapeutic. Some New York friends of mine have saved hundreds of dollars […]

Dec. 15, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. M”

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” and her family recently moved to Clovis from Colorado. Although her husband has found work at a dairy, the family won’t have extra money for Christmas because they have had to pay several deposits in getting settled. Her holiday hopes: For her […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband has been ill since January, but he has been unable to receive Social Security. The family is currently living off the SSI check received for their son, who was born with Down syndrome. Ms. S is unable to work because she […]

Dec. 13, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. G”

Today’s focus: “Ms. G” Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. G’s” husband recently lost his job and the family has no income. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes large and medium (for two boys). Boys pants sizes 16, 6 to 7 and 5 […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 10

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” said Christmas is a special time of the year, but it is hard because only one person in the house is employed. She said her family just won’t have any money for gifts. Her holiday hopes: For her children to […]

Empty stocking — Dec.9

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is a single mother whose only source of income is selling burritos. She can barely afford to provide the basics for her family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8 […]

Dec. 8, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. A”

By CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. A’s” husband is working but the family is in debt. Her pregnant cousin is living with her while her husband is away working. She is having difficulty making ends meet. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts for […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

United Way reaches goal with late push

Freedom Newspapers Eleventh-hour gifts by Eastern New Mexico University staff members and an anonymous couple have helped the local United Way achieve this year’s $482,005 fund-raising goal. The donations bring the overall total received to exactly 100 percent of the goal. In Curry County $421,950 of the $412,005 goal or 102 percent has been attained. […]

Last-minute shoppers scramble to buy gifts

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Shameka Patton, left, and her sister Tchicaya Williams shop Saturday at Bath & Body Works in the North Plains Mall. They were Christmas shopping for last-minute gifts for other sisters who will be in town for Christmas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled, some so […]

Salvation Army helps 958 kids

Freedom Newspapers Local Salvation Army officials said they helped 958 children with Christmas gifts, food and clothing this year, compared to 723 a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the local office, through Friday, had collected $5,277.27 in cash donations to the Empty Stocking Fund this Christmas season — about $9,000 less than was needed […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. T

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Courtesy photo The Ruidoso Festival of Lights runs through the rest of 2005 along the streets Today’s focus: “Ms. T” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. T’s” husband’s work has been slow during the colder months and she is trying to go to school to further her education. Her holiday hopes: To find […]

Christmas season deserves better than Scrooge

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist A blood-splattered, life-size Santa stands in a front yard wielding a knife. Wait, it gets better. He’s next to a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Wait, it still gets better. Beside the tree is an evil elf clutching one of the decapitated doll heads that has fake blood streaming […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 16

Today’s Focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R” said her family just moved to Portales from Colorado and does not have its belongings. The family depends on the income of her husband and times are tough right now. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have things to play with […]