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


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


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 […]