Missouri single mom of two needs help after car crash
Story no. 24
There are days when it’s hard for this single mom not to be discouraged. She recently had a car accident that left her without transportation. Luckily, no one was hurt, but she couldn’t afford to repair the damage to a wheel and taillight. Her boys are quite young – a 2-year-old and a baby born in June. There is little possibility of finding child care, as the waiting lists are long and private child care is expensive. The mother is a hairdresser by training but sees few opportunities to resume her profession. The father of the children does not pay child support and there is no other family member who can help. She writes that she just doesn’t have the money for winter clothes for the kids, let alone toys and food for a holiday meal.
This small family would appreciate a donor who will buy warm clothes for the boys and other practical gifts such as cups, a potty and a night light. Some toys to keep boys entertained on long winter days would also be welcome. This mom said she really needed a winter coat and a microwave would make a âgreatâ Christmas present.
Story no. 25
The threat of COVID-19 has forced this mom to quit her job and avoid going out in public as much as possible. His 4-year-old son suffers from genetic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which puts him at high risk of becoming very ill if he contracts COVID-19. Mom tries to plan her groceries and other errands for times when stores are less crowded. She follows all the health instructions but is always worried about her health all the time. Both grandmothers have recently passed away and the children miss the extra love and attention they received from these women. Because mom can’t go back to her old job, she signed up for online accounting courses. She says she has always loved math and hopes to get a degree that will allow her to work from home. She says, âMy financial situation requires constant juggling. I am able to meet most needs, but cannot meet wishes. She is very grateful to any donor who will help make some of these Christmas wishes come true.
One of the few places where mom thinks it’s safe to take the kids is on the farm to help grandpa with the housework. Both children love animals. The 2-year-old is particularly fond of horses, so it’s no surprise that My Little Pony toys are on her Christmas list. The big brother is a big fan of “Paw Patrol” and would love to find the Paw Patroller rescue and transport vehicle under the Christmas tree. There are also clothing requests and optional household needs listed for this family.
Story no. 26
As a staunch Kansas City Chiefs fan, the older man still plans to be in front of the nursing home television when his favorite team is playing. He grew up playing baseball, so in the summer he watches TV with the St. Louis Cardinals. This former janitor has nieces and nephews who visit him, but they are unable to meet his clothing needs. A donor who provides tracksuits, pajamas, and little treats will make their Christmas that much brighter.
Story no. 27
The failing eyesight made it difficult for this elderly woman to participate in many of the health center activities. Her keen memory, however, makes her an ace in trivia. She can remember the lyrics of many songs and hymns and loves any singing event. A bedside radio to keep him company and a soft plush cat or dog are suggested gifts from his caregivers. She needs warm clothes, preferably long sleeves and bright colors. A box of chewy chocolate candies is an extra treat she would appreciate.
About Share your Christmas, how to donate
Share Your Christmas is News-Leader and Crosslines’ annual campaign to give readers the opportunity to share their holiday spirit with others. This year, around 30 families and over 80 nursing home residents will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to Share Your Christmas donors.
Families and residents of health centers can be adopted by a single donor or by a group working together to help one of the larger families. Donors can adopt a whole family, a family member, make a single gift, or donate any amount of money. Every dollar helps. Readers who wish to donate can call Share Your Christmas at 417-866-8008. Callers should refer to the number of the story they wish to help, and they will be given specific information such as clothing sizes.
Gifts should be delivered to the east side of the Crosslines building at 615 N. Glenstone Ave. The hours for delivering gifts are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 11. The last day for the delivery of gifts is December 14th. If you are unable to deliver donations at these times, call 417-866-8008 or email [email protected]
To donate cash, send a check payable to Crosslines, Share Your Christmas and the story number, if applicable, in the memo line. If the needs of this family or nursing home resident have been met and you are willing to assist others in Crosslines vacation programs, please write âor as neededâ in the memo line. Donations can be made at http://crosslinesholiday.org/give/ or sent to Share Your Christmas, 615 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield MO 65802. Monetary donations are welcome any time of the year.