Disabled parents need some holiday help

Eric Butler Sylvia had grown used to supporting her husband Charles ever since the time his health situation deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t work any more. That was 15 years ago. Even when Sylvia gave birth to a daughter five years ago, everything seemed fine. But life for Sylvia and Charles (not their […]

Disabled parents don’t want to be a burden

Eric Butler Beth and Wayne know life isn’t likely to get easier for them. But even considering the difficulty of paying bills and feeding themselves, maybe the toughest thing for the couple is the thought that they’ll be a burden on their own children. Residents of the area for the past eight years, Beth and […]

Mom wants good holiday memories for her son

Eric Butler Most kids don’t remember their first Christmas. Or do they? After moving to the area from Texas eight months ago, Annie (not her real name) isn’t sure of the answer to that question. But if her year-old son does retain memories, she wants them to be good ones. Annie, a single mother, actually […]

Fund could help put out financial flames

Eric Butler o Fire victims could face ‘very small’ Christmas. By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT The holiday season is a budget cruncher for most people, but especially for those with low-paying jobs. For Lauren (not her real name), the season became particularly difficult when fire struck her family home recently. Her three daughters — ages […]

Fund helps make Christmas Day different from rest

Eric Butler Barry may look like he enjoys food a little too much, and that there’s a regular supply coming his way. But what appears to be a lack of self-control for Barry, who is overweight and unable to do much of any kind of activity, is actually a result of health problems. A friend […]

Mom needs help with Christmas gifts for kids

By Eric Butler Santa may know who’s naughty and who’s nice, but what if the nice ones’ parents need some help to make Christmas a special holiday? Cheryl (not her real name), a resident of the area for the last 28 years, is hoping that the Salvation Army will be able to make it possible […]

Fund helps ease holiday stress

By Eric Butler Some families limit the amount of gift-giving at Christmas time, on account of the size of the family, to one per person. It’s often a flexible rule that’s easily broken when Dec. 25 comes around. But being capable of giving even one gift to each of her four children is something Cindy […]

Empty Stocking Fund fills the hearts and needs of area families

CNJ STAFF Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Clovis, Portales and the surrounding area […]