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 […]

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, […]