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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Merry Christmas NEW BRA f TUESDAY December 2001 16 pages in 2 sections Mi pages in SCCIK HERALDAEITUNG 36 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents ue Santa delivers New Braunfels police officer Steve Hanna and other vol unteers help to deliver pre sents Monday morning as the yearlong Blue Santa program wraps up its 2001 deliver JESSIE Zeitung volunteers make rounds distributing presents to kids BY RON MALONEY Staff Steve Hanna and Chris Culak are patrol partners who visited quite a few New Braunfels homes But they werent serving arrest they were bear ing gifts in the fifth annual rendition of the Blue Santa program in New They joined about two dozen offduty officers and a like number of alumni of the New Braunfels Citizens Police Academy to deliver Christmas gifts to 400 needy local children in 125 In the Blue Santa pro volunteers wrap and deliver Christmas gifts to children in families that might not be able to provide Blue Santa is conducted jointly by the New Braunfels Police Department and the Citizens Police Academy It has grown each year from the 30 or so families first helped in The way Blue Santa works is children talk to a caseworker and tell them what theyd like for Christmas be it a Barbie a lava lamp or a Each child will get four gifts two items of clothing and two JESSIE offduty New Braunfels Police officers Chris Culak and Steve Hanna far right get in the spirit of giv ing as they prepare to deliver gifts of food and toys throughout the community Monday with the help of countless personal and business more than presents were wrapped and delivered throughout the New Braunfels a Blue Santa card made of construction paper was placed on one of several Christmas trees set in stores or other places throughout the Also provided to each family was a gift certifi cate to a local See Hospice offers gift of hope for Christmas BY JENNIFER MCMICHAEL Staff Writer Hope Hospice once again lived up to its name this past week with the help of the Salvation Elizabeth office manager of the Salvation helped organize the League of Each League of Mercy volunteers help distribute small angel bears with a Christmas message to patients and residents of local nursing assist ed living facihties and home care A simple thing like receiving a gift can bring said Lucretia social worker at Hope Becavise all hos pice patients are terminally hope is a feeling in scarce Its important to me to bring cheer to the patient and their particular ly at this time of because the holidays are very Farmer The responses have been but Farmer Some of the people just lay there in hold ing the there are some tears of some See Morning fire leaves family with nothing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE Elmer Grosser sat in the not far from his West Amman Road home thumb ing through a binder of old family The plastic was melted in places and the outside was but the album was about all he and his daugh had left after a Christmas Eve fire destroyed their Most of this was nothing furniture and Grosser But some you accumulate over a Those you cant The Grossers will need to replace plenty in the wake of the fire that ruined their Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said the cause of the fire appeared to be acci He and Deputy Fire Mar Wayne will investigate further on Wednesday to try to deter mine the exact cause of the Well need some more man power to get at Manford pointing to a place where the roof of the home had col A lot of stuff will have to come Firefighters from Leon Springs and Spring Branch fought the which occurred in the 4900 block of West Amman Road shortly before 9 It was out by 11 but not before it caused severe dam Elmer Grosser was visiting one of his daughters nearby when the fire apparently Id just driven by Firefighter dies en route to blaze BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Tragedy came in twos in western Comal County A Spring Branch fire fighter died trying to get to a blaze that destroyed an Amman Road leaving a father and his 14yearold daughter homeless on the day before Firefighter David But was flown from the scene of the accident to University Hospital in what another firefighter described as Very criti cal An official at Universi ty Hospital in San Anto riio reported that Butler was pronbunced dead at Butler was southbound on 281 shortly after 10 driving a light Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department first response rescue vehicle loaded with emergency See Grosser He had been out for coffee and on the way stopped at the nearby She looks like a fire over Are you burning They drove over and heavy smoke and flames were already billowing from the See JESSIE Spring Branch firefighters survey the wreckage of the truck driven by David was en route to a fire that destroyed an Amman Road He was airlifted to University Hospital in San where an official said he was pronounced dead at INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 3B Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Key Code 76 Former resident takes grief experience to aid New Yorkers BY ERIKA DURHAM Staff Writer Past New Braunfels resident Jim known as Armadillo and his family are in New York ministering to children who lost parents or legal guardians in the bombing of the Twin Schmidt has taken his grief recovery I Cried Too for these children to help them heal from the loss of loved ones and deliver a message of he Everyone has their own way of healing fronfr the Schmidt said Ours is a faith filled Schmidt created the book and companion CD with the help of his and their Fiona and Sofia The story is told through the eyes of a bunny rabbit named While in New the Schmidts will give children stuffed bunny books and CDs during The greatest joy is in he I believe that God has this purpose for all of and this is Schmidt delivers a message that he once had to share with his own adopted Sheila was widowed in before she married Schmidt in Schmidt said he has helped his own children recover from the grief of their father and is using his experience to teach other couples us While in New Jim and Sheila plan to host seminars and discussions for widowed couples as In two to three years those peo ple are going to go into new rela Schmidt We plan to be here to help them Schmidt said that he thinks it is important to show New Yorkers that Americans are not hitand They are already weary and he said We have to let See
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