Early reaction to Spirit of Christmas campaign yields $18K for families

2020 has proven to be a tumultuous and unprecedented year, but it has not impeded the charitable efforts of many throughout the Rio Grande...

Photo Gallery: Spirit of Christmas helping those who need help this season

To donate to this family and others, call the United Way of South Texas at (956) 686-6331 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday...

Family living in underserved community faces unemployment, disability

RANCHO VIEJO — Raising four spirited young boys is a difficult responsibility for any parent, but providing for their health and well-being has been...

Mercedes mother who lost leg in crash finds strength in family

MERCEDES — Brenda Garcia knew the doctors were going to cut off her leg before they told her so. She knew before she got to...

Terminally ill Starr County woman, family make most of situation

Camelia Lara probably won’t live to see her mobile home rebuilt. Lara, a mother of four and former housekeeper, lives in that three-bedroom mobile home...

Borne of hardship, single parent clothes family with strength and dignity

Cori is hoping the sudden weight loss she’s experiencing has more to do with her stress and daily routine than her genetics — but...

Despite health and financial struggles, Mission family works to make ends meet

MISSION — The Rosales family won't be spending Christmas together this year but that's sort of become a tradition at this point. Nearly every year...

Family who lost everything to storm find shelter in each other 

Gathering scrap is a family affair. Sandra Gomez, 39, Francisco Gomez, 40, and their youngest, Dominic, 4, will pack into their old pick-up truck and...

Mission couple struggles after wife’s cancer diagnosis

MISSION — A MySpace message was the first line in Brenda and Mario Treviño’s love story. They’d seen each other before in the hallways of...

Family hit by storm, cancer, poverty in 2020 tries to stay positive

McALLEN — Jean Macias credits a bowl of carne de res with saving her life. Her mother invited her over to have some on July...