Empty stocking fund brings in more than $10,000

Kevin Wilson It’s often a bad year for a family when it applies to the Salvation Army for help during the Christmas season. But a greater number of people got helped during the season due to a higher-than-expected donation haul for the charity’s Empty Stocking Fund. As of Friday, the Salvation Army had received $10,113.92 […]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

Today’s focus: Family A Household members: 4 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The family is just going through the transition of a divorce. This has been hard on the family since the father was the only one working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 4. Toys list: A Barbie or princess or a Barbie princess. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family C

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 8 Children: 6 (ages 12, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 3) Special circumstance: This family has had a lot of health-related issues with the husband has not been able to work due to three strokes. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 36 in men’s or an XL; two boys wear […]

Empty stocking fund: Family G

Today’s focus: Family G Household members: 4 Children: 3 (ages 4, 3 and 18 months) Special circumstance: The family is dealing with medical issues with their youngest child, who has renal failure. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 7-8 and shoes size 11; Boys clothes size 4-5T and shoes size 9-10 and boys clothes size 25 […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 3 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The husband lost his job and the family only has one income. Clothing needs: Boys size 2T. Toys list: A car, any toy or a truck. The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family L

Today’s focus: Family L Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 12, 10 and 8) Special circumstance: With low income this year, they are struggling because they have three children’s birthdays in the same month, then Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 32-34 or large, size 36, 16 husky or large and size 38 or XL. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family F

Today’s focus: Family F Household members: 6 Children: 4 (ages 11, 7, 4 and 2) Special circumstance: This family needs help because the mother has been a widow for three years, and she is having a hard time making ends meet after losing her husband. Toys list: Boy, 11, a bike or any sports equipment; […]

Empty stocking fund: Family H

Today’s focus: Family H Household members: 6 Children: 4 (ages 12, 10, 8 and 3) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because their mother-in-law passed away and they had to sell everything to bury her. This death has placed a financial burden upon the family. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 33 pants and […]

Empty stocking fund: Family R

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 3 Children: 2 (ages 11 and 9) Special circumstance: This family has been overloaded with dental and medical bills, and do not have money left for toys. Clothing needs: Boy clothes, size 14 pants; girl clothes, size 14-16 pants. Toys list: Boy wants a soccer ball; girl wants a […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 2

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 6 Children: 5 (ages 10, 9 ,8, 7 and 5) Special circumstance: The mother has bee caring for their niece and nephew since their mother has been out of the picture for a while. This family also babysits to make her income and have lost a few of the […]

Empty stocking fund: Family S

Today’s focus: Family S Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 10 and 7) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because the husband has gone into rehab and the family is now living on one income. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 12 and 10; boy shoe size 1 and 11/2. Toys list: K-nex toy, […]

Empty stocking fund: Family P

Today’s focus: Family P. Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 9 and 8) Special circumstance: They need help this year because their parents have just separated and child support and income is still pending. Clothing needs: Girl clothes size 14 and 8; girls shoe size 3 and 1. Toys list: Barbie or Barbie car, Barbie. […]

Double blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heath Rutherford, left, plays with son Rocklyn, 18 months, at the dinner table Friday at the family’s house in Clovis. Rocklyn was adopted by the family with his paperwork clearing just days after his little sister Camden was born in Amarillo. Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family N

Today’s focus: Family N Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 2, 5 and 9) Special circumstances: The husband has been out of work since he was injured playing ball. The family does not have workman’s compensation and they are paying their bills with savings. The family hopes the husband can be back to work soon, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family U

Today’s focus: Family U. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 3, and 7) Special circumstance: Family U has relocated to Clovis from Arizona in order to take care of elderly parents who have both fallen ill. The family has been helping the parents with medical bills, which have wiped out much of their savings, […]

Empty stocking — Nov. 25

• Today’s focus: Family S. • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 (ages 11, 8 and 7) • Special circumstance: The family’s place of employment may be closing, and the family is struggling due to the uncertainty of employment. • Clothing needs: Boys clothing sizes 12 and 8, girls clothing size 8. • Toys list: […]

Salvation Army, CNJ launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Student Body President Alan Kinlund speaks at the groundbreaking for the university’s new dormitory, Guadalupe Hall, on Friday afternoon. Kinlund spoke about how alumni have cherished their memories from past dorms and new students will cherish the ones they build in the new hall. Alisa Boswell […]

Airport director asked to empty hangar

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Clovis homebuilder Bob Linn checks the oil on one of his airplanes, kept at Clovis Municipal Airport. Linn’s complaint prompted City Manager Joe Thomas to order Airport Director Steve Summers to stop using a hangar to store personal items. Robin Fornoff Clovis’ city manager has ordered Clovis Municipal Airport Director […]