Dec. 1, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. I” Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. I’s” family has fallen on hard times. They recently moved from California and their house has needed major repairs. Her husband is unemployed because he is undergoing therapy for mental health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have […]

Nov. 29, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” is a single mother. Her husband recently left and she has a low-income job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size L. Boys pants size 14-16. Boys shoe size 5. Girls shirt sizes […]

Nov. 27, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: Two Children: One Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unemployed and struggling to make it from month to month. Her holiday hopes: To give her son a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 6-9 months. Boys pant size 6-9 months. Boys shoe size child’s 2. Toys list: Push-and-go […]

Nov. 25 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

Nov. 24, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and wants to be able to give them something nice for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 10. Boys shoe size 2. Girls […]

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 […]

Size doesn’t always matter

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my […]

Size doesn’t solve society’s issues

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so […]

Auto parts business back, in bigger store

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Ronnie Marez of Clovis holds a wall steady Monday at the construction site for the Checker Auto Parts store on North Prince Street. According to Marez, of Allstate Mechanical, the store should open in July. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Checker Auto Parts is returning to Clovis with a […]

Security troop surge may provide not worth costs

Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years — 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional […]

Dec. 24, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. L” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. L’s” family is living on Social Security income and food stamps. There is no money for Christmas presents. Holiday hopes: For her children to have Christmas presents. Clothing needs: Girls pants size 6. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls shoe size 13-14. Boys pants […]

Dec. 22, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. A” is in remission from cancer. She has undergone three surgeries this year. She is employed but having difficulty making ends meet. Holiday hopes: To give her child a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls pants size 16. Girls shirt size 16. Girls shoe […]

Dec. 20, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. B”

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 7 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is on a fixed income and is raising her grandchildren, but she doesn’t have much money. Holiday hopes: To give her grandchildren a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 31-by-32 and 2T. Boys shirt sizes L and 2T. Boys shoe sizes […]

Dec. 16, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. F”

Today’s focus: “Ms. F” Household members: 8 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” is raising her grandchildren. After paying rent and utilities, she has no money left for gifts. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to smile and be happy like other children on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6 […]

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 […]

Dec. 6, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. M”

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is a single mother who is trying to make her paycheck stretch. She receives little help from her child’s father because he was in a bad accident. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt […]

Dec. 5, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. B”

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a single mother who can barely make ends meet financially. She and her family recently experienced an electrical fire and have been staying with friends and relatives. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice present. Clothing needs: Girls […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 3

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” has lupus and the family travels to Lubbock frequently for her to receive care. Her holiday hopes: To have nice presents for the children. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8. Boys pants size 6 to 7. Shoe size men’s 1. […]

Dec. 1, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband recently underwent heart surgery and has had to cut back on his hours at work. “Ms. S” is employed part-time, but the family is behind on bills and will have no money for Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her children […]