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Stockings, candy canes hung with care for Craig folks in need

Stockings on a wooden tree in front of 439 W. Sixth St. in Craig in 2017. The yard decoration is back again with offers of free stockings to passersby.
Sasha Nelson

CRAIG  — Christmas can be a difficult time for people without family or those facing financial hardship.

Craig folk, however, have a special way of helping others, such as the little wooden Christmas tree that once again sits at the home of Karen Jewett at 439 W. Sixth St., where red and white stockings plump with goodies are hung.

The front yard fence at Cherratina Pankey’s house is filled with candy canes — sweet treats for the community.

A simple flyer reads: “The elves have been busy stuffing stockings for the young boys and girls. Hoping if you need one you will take one, Merry Christmas.”

Another resident has hung candy canes on her chain link fence. “Merry Christmas and a very blessed Happy New Year to you and your family,” wrote Cherratina Pankey, who lives at 2271 Jeffcoat Drive, adding, “stop by and get yourself a candy cane.”

As residents prepare to make merry, many are also thinking of others. The holidays are not happy for everyone and can be a difficult time for some.

If you or anyone you know is struggling during this time, there is help. Call the local Crisis Hotline 24/7 at 888-207-4004. If texting is more comfortable, use the 24/7 text line by sending TALK to 38255.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or


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