Nov. 29, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund

By CNJ STAFF Today’s focus: “Ms. G” Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. G’s” husband has been ill and his work hours are reduced when the weather turns cold. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her children. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 12-14, 6,4, and 12 month. Boys shirt sizes 12, […]

Nov. 26, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. C” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. C” just left an abusive relationship. She took her children and the few belongings she could fit in her car. She is employed but having difficulty making ends meet. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her children. Clothing needs: Boys pants […]

Dog toy sound effects could use improvement

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The other morning’s meditation was blanketed with its usual soothing lulls; but it was also punctuated by a new sound — a sickly, squeaky noise. My dog was eating my pet rat! As I bolted out of the semi-lotus position, nearly knocking over the Chinese red spice incense, I hurled […]

Journalist in dogged pursuit of happiness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to be […]

Needy families receive gifts at Lighthouse mission

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Amanda Andrade, 9, center, gets hug from volunteer Alicia Zavala, right, as she gets a balloon after receiving her present. Amanda’s twin sister, Brianda, 9, is left. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Her nails will soon be as bright as her smile. Sarah Ratigan, 11, showed off the Nail Glam […]

Bikers give toys to needy

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Israel Reynosa, 11 months old, watches the action Saturday afternoon as area bikers prepare for the annual High Plains Harley-Davidson toy run. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A pair of dark, sleek shades covered his eyes; a pair of thick, black leather chaps his jean-clad legs; a bandana his hair. […]

Area schools, businesses band together to send aid to victims

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Barbara Anaya, first vice president of American Legion Post 25, sorts coloring books to be donated to victims of hurricane Katrina Friday at the legion in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Sympathy and horror at Hurricane Katrina’s devastation have galvanized into action groups of schoolchildren, grandparents, business owners and state employees in and […]

Sacrifice something important, not leftovers

By Judy Brandon: local columnist What is a sacrifice? Think about that question this day before Christmas.  Sacrifice is usually an underused word during the Christmas season because of all the spending. Yet, there is a popular Christian song that begins with this question: “How can I offer anything that costs me nothing?” That is […]

Toy stores are for adult connoisseurs

by Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 19, 2004

Today’s focus: Alice Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I am having a hard time this year due to illness in the family and becoming a single mom again has made things very difficult for my children and myself.” Her holiday hopes: “All children are in need of warm winter jackets, sheets, comforters, socks […]

Empty stocking: Wednesday, Dec. 8

CNJ staff Today’s Focus: Karen Household members: 7 Children: 6 Special circumstances: She is taking care of her sister’s children. Clothing needs: Boy’s pants sizes 7, 9-10, 8-9 and 3 T; girl’s pants sizes 4T and 12 months; boy’s shirts sizes 7, 9-10, 8-9 and 3 T; girls shirts sizes 4T and 12 months; boys […]

Empty stocking: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Sonya Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “My boyfriend is on commission and last year we did not have much of a Christmas because of the weather not letting him work. We didn’t even make enough to pay bills.” Her holiday hopes: “I hope we could give our kids a Christmas this […]

Welcome to Texas, where Big Brother rules

Leonard Pitts Jr. It’s just the sort of thing you’d expect from Iran. A woman runs afoul of local religious authorities who are angered by her refusal to cover up. But it isn’t just her immodest style of dress that riles the ayatollahs. They have also heard rumors that she sells sex toys from her […]

Salvation Army in need of donations to meet goal

By Darrell Todd Maurina Unless the Salvation Army receives a large amount of donations this morning, the organization won’t make its fundraising goals. Things are better than they were two weeks ago, however, according to Capt. Hector Diaz of the Clovis unit. On Dec. 13, the kettle collection fund had received only $13,000 toward its […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Salvation Army says collections down

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salvation Army Christmas kettle collections in Clovis are down from last year and haven’t yet reached the halfway mark toward the $30,000 goal, but Capt. Hector Diaz said he still hopes to catch up before the Dec. 24 deadline. “The kettle fund is used to try to buy food, and it […]

Welcome: The list of doomed toys

Clyde Davis Things we’d like to see for the holidays {Inspired by the list of unsafe toys}: ° Handsprings Elmo — This one doesn’t do the Hokey Pokey or Tickle Me. He does handsprings into the nearest waste basket. The ultra version even carries himself to the dumpster. ° Nerd Brats — Unlike fashion brats, […]