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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Second round of football playoffs set to start NEW ERA FRIDAY November 2001 22 pages in 3 sections iJNG 9 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Stores brace for throngs of holiday shoppers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Tis the season to be Like retailers across the New Braunfels storekeepers from the big boxes to the little boutiques are braced for what some cash reg ister clerks call Black The big stores K Mart and Target their hol iday season staffs and are ready for what store managers said will be at least double the business they usually do on a busy Todays holiday shopper who is searching for bargains can begin before dawn at K which opens at 5 and wont close until 11 on Each it seems it gets earli K Mart manager Gloria Alejan dro For K the holiday shopping season actually pushed off on Thursday with a special on a 19 inch color television This is a very big day through out the and its the same for Alejandro Were more than We opened up the back the freight hns come in and its ready for our Our Christmas and toy areas are ready to be Alejandro said K Mart has a lot of good sales going on in all depart There will be deals on Christmas sporting tools and some jewelry will be marked down 70 We have something for every body and its on Alejandro Well have great values especially between 5 and 11 Christine WalMart assistant said her which will begin its annual Blitx Sale at 6 is See Plate of thanks Church group plans to make city dinner an annual event BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Tita Zavala looked like a woman who had just fixed a Thanksgiving meal for 500 With one hour remaining in New Braunfels first citywide Thanksgiving Zavala leaned against a folding chair in Our Lady of Perpetual Help 138 and wearily surveyed the largescale rebirth of a smaller tradition she started nearly 20 years What began as a modest fundraiser for the centrally located Roman Catholic church emerged Thursday as a Thanksgiving Day lun cheon for those who might not otherwise have had a holiday When organizers began planning for the they looked to Zavala for A parishioner since Zavala once prepared turkey dinners to sell in early Before I knew I was head of this whole she said with a I enjoy doing things like this for my church and my I thank God that I have been allowed to do something like this for so many New Braunfels resident Mary Rodriguez brought 16 family members to the parish hall and said the event was a better alternative than cook The food was very and there was enough for Rodriguez organizer Ramiro Ayala had predicted that up to meals would be We still had a good Ayala This was our first so were just breaking the We had a lot See at VFW Post 8573 hall in pumpkin pie was the dessert of choice for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Valentina Camareno gets a visit from Susana Ayala and Consuelo Ravis at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish hall during the Thanksgiving JESSIE HeraldZeltung Local charitable giving down after 11 attacks BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Hope Hospice was in the middle of its annual fund raising campaign on 11 when terrorists slammed commercial airplanes into the Pentagon and World Trade Since representatives at various New Braunfels helping agencies watched with mixed feelings as the flood of monetary donations for national relief efforts coin cided with the trickle of con tributions for local Hope Wal nut has received less than half of this years campaign goal des ignated to help care for near ly 400 terminally ill patients Dana director of Joe director of the United Way of Comal said his group has raised only half of its goal for Jane manager of the New Braunfels branch of the American Red said the agencys 21county region pledged an unprecedented amount for national relief efforts but also must pre pare for disasters closer to The Red Cross is soliciting donations to aid victims of last weeks flooding in cen tral and south The holiday typi cally prompting the final surge of cash donations for charitable is partic ularly critical now that anx iety is high and discretionary spending is The giving has but it has Over street Were not nearly there in campaign and were going to have to write of some of that shortfall In my the concern is trying to honor peoples wish es to give nationally which they need to do without wanting to be crass and say we need But we cant continue to do our work without the None How to help HOPE HOSPICE Holiday fundraiser Tree of Lights 611 Walnut 6257500 SALVATION ARMY Holiday fundraiser Red Kettle campaign 1119 Walnut 6089129 general infor mation 6206522 Red Kettle vol unteer information UNITED WAY OF COMAL COUNTY 421 Seguin 6207760 AMERICAN RED CROSSNEW BRAUNFELS Current relief effort South Texas Floods of November 2001 100 Main Suite 110 6089876 of the other nonprofit orga nizations Hope Hospice currently extends care to 61 terminal ly ill patients and provides support groups and individ ual counseling for urea resi dents struggling with issues of grief and Officials at the 17yearold nonprofit hospice hope that its annual Tree of Lights campaign will or at least the spirit of giving they said is custom ary New The1 pro ceeds will help the hospice provide ondoflifo care for patients and families regard less of their ability to Im a little concerned about how that Tree of Lights is going to Over People are pret ty but were won dering if they will have dis cretionary People have had fear about the war and about the There are so many issues affecting people will See Hills are alive with holiday lights FROM STAFF REPORTS Beginning the hills will be alive with holiday This years Texas Hill Country Christmas Light ing Trail opens tonight and runs for the next six The lighting trail is made up of 13 communities that turn on their holiday best and keep it going each night through for their Hill Country neighbors to New this year will be Boerne famous for its white holiday lights and They join Canyon Drip ping Fredericks Johnson Marble Falls and Round Katherine pub licity urged res idents to come out and view the But each community has scheduled other events to coincide with the lighting she This is our llth year of celebrating the spirit of Events will include Santa parades living ethnic holiday markets and Halamicek Its a lot of Its some thing the whole family can See Photo submitted The Llano County Courthouse is one of the sights that can be seen on the Texas Hill Country Chrismas Lighting INSIDE Key Code 76   

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