Local mom hopes for help with Christmas celebration

By Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident […]

Mother sees hope in fund’s gift

Eric Butler Tangible, material goods are what most people hope to give during the Christmas season. June and Roger (not their real names) won’t be able to do much of that this year for their four children. And community assistance, which June is hoping to receive from The Salvation Army through its Empty Stocking Fund, […]

Single mom struggling with disability, lack of income

By Eric Butler By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT She’s only been a resident of the area for a couple of months, and doesn’t know a lot of people. She also has three children to care for and only limited income from child-support payments while she tries to find a job. Still, Ginny (not her real […]

Family going through rough stretch

By Eric Butler t’s sometimes said that children today, raised on high-tech amusements like video games, don’t appreciate the simple fun and toys from yesterday. That’s not true though for Liz’ daughter Marcie. Liz and Marcie (not their real names) are hoping for an old-fashioned Christmas present for the girl this year. What Marcie really […]

Family of six turns to fund during bad year

By Eric Butler He pays his taxes, he works when there is work. So Dan doesn’t hold a grudge or keep a chip on his shoulder when he thinks about what he won’t be able to afford for his wife Tara and their four children this holiday season. “I have no complaints,” Dan said. Still, […]

Empty Stocking Fund may fulfill two-gift wish

Eric Butler Shelly isn’t looking to have everything for her 5-year-old daughter this Christmas. It’s not a stocking full of goodies or a tree that appears to have a gift-wrapped box foundation that the single mother wants. In fact, Shelly has very modest goals for little Stephanie. “I just want a nice, quiet Christmas,” she […]

Single mom’s Christmas burden may be lightened by fund

By Eric Butler Danielle first moved to Eastern New Mexico 11 years ago. Three years later, she gave birth to her son Scott. Times were never that good for Danielle and Scott (not their real names) as the pair lived in a run-down house — a house fit to be condemned. And, in fact, that’s […]

Couple wish for love and gifts for family

Eric Butler A few generations ago, the children of Cammie and Jesse might be trading in their school books for work tools. But sacrificing the children’s education, in the long run, will not produce the best results for the two boys (ages 12 and 10) and three girls (11, 10 and 7). And so Cammie […]

Family of five faces stark holiday without help

Eric Butler Five kids in one local family may not know how bad things are these days. But their mom Jennifer does. And that’s why she is applying for help from the Empty Stocking Fund, which is conducted through The Salvation Army. Jennifer (not her real name) cleans houses for a living and is without […]

Luxuries not possible for this family’s holiday

By Eric Butler A Christmas tree with lights on and gifts underneath, a big dinner with turkey and dressing and pies for dessert — this is the picture of the holidays that Christine would like to paint for her family this year. But there’s another scenario that’s closer to reality for Christine (not her real […]