Dec. 4, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” recently escaped an abusive situation. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a nice present for Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 2X. Girls pants size 18. Girls shoe size 10. Toys list: Battery operated lowrider car. The Empty Stocking Fund […]

Dec. 2, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. H” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. H” is a single mother who recently moved to Clovis from Pennsylvania. She has been unable to work and is living with her mother. She has no money for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts at Christmas. Clothing needs: […]

Dec. 1, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. I” Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. I’s” family has fallen on hard times. They recently moved from California and their house has needed major repairs. Her husband is unemployed because he is undergoing therapy for mental health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have […]

Nov. 30, 2007 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 6 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. A’s” hours at work are too short to cover Christmas expenses. Her husband’s paycheck is used toward other bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes juniors 10-12, 14-16 and 16-18. […]

Nov. 29, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” is a single mother. Her husband recently left and she has a low-income job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size L. Boys pants size 14-16. Boys shoe size 5. Girls shirt sizes […]

Nov. 28, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. C” Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. C” is a single mother who is raising her three children. She is also raising her niece and nephew because their mother is incarcerated. She has been unable to work due to an illness. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a […]

Nov. 27, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: Two Children: One Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unemployed and struggling to make it from month to month. Her holiday hopes: To give her son a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 6-9 months. Boys pant size 6-9 months. Boys shoe size child’s 2. Toys list: Push-and-go […]

It’s Their Business: Junk Be Gone

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Junk Be Gone By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Junk Be Gone What they do: They haul away unwanted items. Items that are still capable of being used are donated to the Lighthouse Mission or Salvation Army. Who’s in charge: Tony Bogusz Employees: One How long in business: Six months Hours: By appointment Contact: […]

Nov. 25 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

Empty Stocking fund helps those down on luck

By Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of this newspaper and the local Salvation Army, kicked off its annual campaign on Friday. For the next month, we will tell you stories about area residents whose lives are more challenging than most. One woman is out of work because of her health, […]

Nov. 24, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and wants to be able to give them something nice for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 10. Boys shoe size 2. Girls […]

Nov. 23, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys […]

Empty Stocking Fund kicks off Friday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Christmas approaches, local organizations are working to help families in need provide gifts for their children. The annual Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom New Mexico project, begins Friday. According to Capt. Tammy Ray of the Salvation Army, the Empty Stocking Fund provides families in […]

Women of the cloth

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Rev. Bonita Knox preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church. Knox uses the baptismal font to perform baptisms and “to remind people to live wet in their baptism.” By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The Rev. Bonita Knox, 50, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, said she rarely encounters problems leading a […]

Tornado notebook

CNJ staff —The Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds operates 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. American Red Cross and Salvation Army are on hand to help. Furniture, appliances, food and baby care items are available. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. […]

Salvation Army volunteers to ring

CNJ Staff Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

March 31, 2007 Tornado Notebook

Tornado victims (with damaged or demolished homes) who are seeking assistance need to go to the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in […]

Victims still in need

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Bob Hunger, a Red Cross volunteer, stands by his Emergency Communication Response Vehicle outside the Red Cross office in downtown Clovis. After the tornado on March 23, the Red Cross deployed one of nine ECRVs. (CNJ staff photo:Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A replacement car window, food and water, items for the […]

Tornado notes

CNJ staff —The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. As the Clovis community moves into day seven of the recovery efforts, the pressures of long-term resolutions for the tornado survivors begin. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in terms of volunteer assistance, in-kind and […]

Notes on tornado happenings

CNJ staff —Clovis 911 dispatchers received an unprecedented number of calls during the period of tornado activity Friday night, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. During about a half-hour period, 1,043 calls were fielded by dispatchers, he said. Dispatchers field about 200 calls on an average day. A normal shift has […]