Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. S

Today’s Focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: A single mother, working to support her two children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give Christmas gifts to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 32 and 2T, boys shirt sizes large and 2T, boys shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 6 1/2. […]

Salvation Army looking to help local families

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Clovis’ Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped […]

Mother, daughter spend weekend volunteering for victims

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By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for family though, the duo spent 16 hours a day preparing and serving hot meals for approximately 500 Hurricane Katrina victims who began trickling into Lubbock on Saturday. The mother/daughter […]

Mother/daughter pair lend help to victims

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for family though, the duo spent 16 hours a day preparing and serving hot meals for approximately 500 Hurricane Katrina victims who began trickling into Lubbock on Saturday. The mother/daughter Salvation […]

Donation numbers drop for Salvation Army

Freedom Newspapers The local Salvation Army raised $37,464.22 with its Christmas projects this season, officials said on Sunday. The total is about $5,300 less than a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the difference can be blamed largely on wintry weather. “We had three days last week where we couldn’t get out (with donation kettles) […]

Salvation Army at $25,000 so far

By Ryan Lengerich David Garza sported a red baseball cap and matching windbreaker jacket Tuesday, each donning the Salvation Army logo. He stood at Wal-Mart’s south entrance in Clovis, ringing the organization’s famous bell and collecting donations. He said he doesn’t count how much people give — he is happy with anything. “You feel good […]

Mother hopes for help from fund

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Portales News-Tribune. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children, and baskets of food, with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families will receive donated turkeys instead of […]

Parent turns to Empty Stocking Fund

Freedom Newspapers The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Portales News-Tribune. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children, and baskets of food, with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families will receive donated turkeys instead of the voucher. […]

Paper collecting for Empty Stocking Fund

PNT Staff The Portales News-Tribune is teaming up with the Salvation Army again this year to help make sure needy families have a good Christmas. Each day, beginning on Thanksgiving and running through Christmas Eve, the stories needy families report to the Salvation Army will be printed — with names changed to protect privacy — […]

Family that lacks a car needs help this holiday

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 […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

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 of […]

Program offers hope to those in need

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers 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 Portales and the surrounding […]