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  • GOOD NEWS CASE 27: Mother earning minimal wages needs holiday help

    GOOD NEWS CASE 27: Mother earning minimal wages needs holiday help

    Friday, December 12 2014 10:31 AM EST2014-12-12 15:31:37 GMT
    QUINCY -- A single mother is trying hard to provide for herself and a daughter under 2 years old, but it's a struggle. She is Case 27 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign, which seeks to help needy families in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Mary (not her real name) is a working mother, "but her pay is minimal," said a caseworker familiar with the woman's situation.
    QUINCY -- A single mother is trying hard to provide for herself and a daughter under 2 years old, but it's a struggle. She is Case 27 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign, which seeks to help needy families in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Mary (not her real name) is a working mother, "but her pay is minimal," said a caseworker familiar with the woman's situation.
  • GOOD NEWS CASE 35: Young family relocated to provide better life for children

    GOOD NEWS CASE 35: Young family relocated to provide better life for children

    Thursday, December 11 2014 9:10 AM EST2014-12-11 14:10:03 GMT
    QUINCY -- A young family is happy to be in a place of their own after spending time in area shelters. However, they have little furniture, making it difficult to call the apartment "home."
    QUINCY -- A young family is happy to be in a place of their own after spending time in area shelters. However, they have little furniture, making it difficult to call the apartment "home."
  • GOOD NEWS CASE 48: Army vet and mom of three hopes for a special Christmas for sons

    GOOD NEWS CASE 48: Army vet and mom of three hopes for a special Christmas for sons

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 3:29 PM EST2014-12-09 20:29:04 GMT
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    QUINCY -- An Army veteran and mother of three is out of steady work and needs a little help giving her children an enjoyable Christmas.
    QUINCY -- An Army veteran and mother of three is out of steady work and needs a little help giving her children an enjoyable Christmas.

  • GOOD NEWS CASE 17: Leaving abusive relationship leaves single mom in tough spot

    GOOD NEWS CASE 17: Leaving abusive relationship leaves single mom in tough spot

    Friday, December 5 2014 11:16 AM EST2014-12-05 16:16:43 GMT
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    QUINCY -- Audrey is a 21-year-old single mom who made the difficult choice this year to leave a two-year physically and emotionally abusive relationship. After seeing the effects on her 4-year-old daughter, she ended the relationship and sought counseling for her and her daughter.
    QUINCY -- Audrey is a 21-year-old single mom who made the difficult choice this year to leave a two-year physically and emotionally abusive relationship. After seeing the effects on her 4-year-old daughter, she ended the relationship and sought counseling for her and her daughter.

  • Good News campaign offers volunteers a chance to demonstrate community spirit

    Good News campaign offers volunteers a chance to demonstrate community spirit

    Thursday, December 4 2014 10:13 AM EST2014-12-04 15:13:04 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Quincy Herald-Whig's 26th annual Good News of Christmas campaign has shifted into the next phase of its people-helping-people operation. The campaign started a little over two weeks ago as local residents and businesses began opening their hearts and wallets, making contributions to help meet the needs of 55 area families facing tough times this holiday season.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy Herald-Whig's 26th annual Good News of Christmas campaign has shifted into the next phase of its people-helping-people operation. The campaign started a little over two weeks ago as local residents and businesses began opening their hearts and wallets, making contributions to help meet the needs of 55 area families facing tough times this holiday season.

  • GOOD NEWS CASE 11: Hard-working family refuses to let hard times keep them down

    GOOD NEWS CASE 11: Hard-working family refuses to let hard times keep them down

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 11:31 AM EST2014-12-03 16:31:00 GMT
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    QUINCY -- A divorced mother of three says she and her second husband do what they can for their children, though money is tight. Sarah and her second husband Brett, not their real names, are raising two girls and a boy. Brett, however, works two weeks out of each month at an out-of-state job. Sarah's first husband does not help with the children.
    QUINCY -- A divorced mother of three says she and her second husband do what they can for their children, though money is tight. Sarah and her second husband Brett, not their real names, are raising two girls and a boy. Brett, however, works two weeks out of each month at an out-of-state job. Sarah's first husband does not help with the children.

  • GOOD NEWS CASE 15: Family of seven struggles to make ends meet

    GOOD NEWS CASE 15: Family of seven struggles to make ends meet

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 9:47 AM EST2014-12-02 14:47:03 GMT
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    QUINCY -- A family of seven has been struggling with living expenses and the need to move to another rental unit. The family is Case No. 15 in The Herald-Whig's 26th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which seeks to aid area families struggling to make ends meet during the holiday season.
    QUINCY -- A family of seven has been struggling with living expenses and the need to move to another rental unit. The family is Case No. 15 in The Herald-Whig's 26th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which seeks to aid area families struggling to make ends meet during the holiday season.
  • GOOD NEWS CASE 36: Couple fighting injuries, illness work hard for children

    GOOD NEWS CASE 36: Couple fighting injuries, illness work hard for children

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:07 AM EST2014-11-26 14:07:14 GMT
    QUINCY -- Alex and Jamie, not their real names, would like their children -- a 13-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son-- to have a nice Christmas and are unconcerned about their own needs. The family is Case 36 in the 26th annual Good News of Christmas campaign sponsored by The Herald-Whig.
    QUINCY -- Alex and Jamie, not their real names, would like their children -- a 13-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son-- to have a nice Christmas and are unconcerned about their own needs. The family is Case 36 in the 26th annual Good News of Christmas campaign sponsored by The Herald-Whig.

  • GOOD NEWS CASE 19: Mom of three escapes bad relationship, moves to area with few belongings

    GOOD NEWS CASE 19: Mom of three escapes bad relationship, moves to area with few belongings

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 10:15 AM EST2014-11-25 15:15:32 GMT
    QUINCY -- A single mother with three children seeks a peaceful home for her family after leaving a bad relationship. Julia, not her real name, moved to the region this year with practically nothing, but she was able to get into Madonna House until she found stable housing. She quickly found work in the community. Her efforts for housing were met this summer, and she was able to bring her three children back together under one roof.
    QUINCY -- A single mother with three children seeks a peaceful home for her family after leaving a bad relationship. Julia, not her real name, moved to the region this year with practically nothing, but she was able to get into Madonna House until she found stable housing. She quickly found work in the community. Her efforts for housing were met this summer, and she was able to bring her three children back together under one roof.

  • GOOD NEWS CASE 26: Single mother seeks special Christmas for daughter

    GOOD NEWS CASE 26: Single mother seeks special Christmas for daughter

    Monday, November 24 2014 10:26 AM EST2014-11-24 15:26:32 GMT
    QUINCY -- As a child, Kathy benefited from the Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign. Kathy, not her real name, remembers when her family was selected to be a Good News family. "It was the best Christmas she ever had," Kathy's Good News caseworker said. "She has no money for her child's Christmas this year and is hoping their family will be selected so her daughter will experience the generosity that she remembers so well."
    QUINCY -- As a child, Kathy benefited from the Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign. Kathy, not her real name, remembers when her family was selected to be a Good News family. "It was the best Christmas she ever had," Kathy's Good News caseworker said. "She has no money for her child's Christmas this year and is hoping their family will be selected so her daughter will experience the generosity that she remembers so well."

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