Empty stocking — Monday, Nov. 29

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Judy Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “This year has been hard. The bills have kinda put our family behind a little bit.” Her holiday hopes: “The Salvation Army will be of great help this year for the holidays.” Clothing needs: 8, 3T and 2T girls’ pants and shirts. Size […]

Empty stocking, Nov. 28, 2004

Today’s focus: Kelly Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “I just lost my mother in September and since her passing, I have not been able to be self-sufficient.” Her holiday hopes: “I would really like my daughter Kristen to have a good Christmas.” Clothing needs: 6 or small girls’ pants, 6 or small girls’ […]

Empty stocking: Thursday, Nov. 25

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Rhonda Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “I was given legal custody of (two grandchildren) and I really can’t afford much after paying the bills.” Her holiday hopes: “I want my grandkids to have a real nice Christmas.” Clothing needs: 14 girls pants, 14 husky boys pants, large girls shirts, […]

Fund helps families during holidays

CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal has teamed up with the Salvation Army again this year to help make sure needy families have a good Christmas. Beginning on Thanksgiving and running through Christmas Eve, the stories needy families report to the Salvation Army will be printed — with names changed to protect privacy — in […]

Cancer victim faces lonely Christmas

By Eric Butler This holiday season, as in most years, the burdens that Sophie bears will be hers alone. With little income to stretch out for things like Christmas gifts, maybe it’s lucky for Sophie (not her real name) that she doesn’t have to worry about accommodating wishes by children and grandchildren for specific, out-of-her-price-range […]

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 CNJ CORRESPONDENT 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 […]

Struggling mom limited by lack of car

Eric Butler Like most 16-year-olds, there’s almost nothing Patrick would like more than to have his own car. But that wish won’t be met this Christmas because it ranks well below more pressing needs — a car for his mom, for example. For Eleanor, times would be good if she had the means to provide […]

Fund will give family chance to avoid Christmas crunch

By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT Parents often do everything they can to conceal any financial hardships they might be having from their kids. So, when her children go back to school after the holicay break, Lynn (not her real name) certainly doesn’t want them to have to say they received nothing for Christmas. With some […]

Mother longs for children’s smiles on Christmas

By Eric Butler Three girls in the area may not know what their mother wants for Christmas. But it’s simple, according to Bonnie (not her real name). “I just want to be able to put smiles on my kids’ faces and make them happy,” Bonnie said. Accomplishing that through material gifts is going to be […]

Ill father changes family’s Christmas plans

Eric Butler Life may seem to be going on fine, when an emergency can change everything. That’s the case with Frances (not her real name) and her four children. A lifelong resident of the area, , Frances is trying to get her family’s life back together after tending to her ailing father. “My father became […]