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2012 Good News of Christmas case summaries

Posted: Nov. 13, 2012 11:20 am Updated: Nov. 12, 2013 3:15 pm

There are 47 families from communities throughout the Quincy Herald-Whig circulation area who are involved in the 2012 Good News of Christmas campaign. Families, individuals, churches, businesses and civic groups interested in adopting a specific family are asked to call the United Way of Adams County at (217) 224-1223.

Case #1: This mom and dad moved their family of five children to the area to be closer to family and supports after facing several challenges and setbacks. Dad served in the military for eight years and was deployed to Iraq three times earning several medals and awards. During the third tour, his troop was attacked and he suffered injuries that would prevent him from continuing his military career. Injuries sustained have required several medical procedures and travel to medical appointments with specialists. Dad then worked for two years until laid off recently.  The family is receiving assistance from several agencies to help during this difficult time. They want more than anything to provide a wonderful holiday season for their children despite the hardship they have encountered and are grateful to be chosen for the Good News of Christmas Campaign.

  • How can you help?  Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a twin size bed set, bedding sets, bath towels and wash rags, several bedroom dressers, and small kitchen appliances can be bought. Services such as auto maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's  Wish List: Bikes, Bike gear, clothing, Play Station 2 and Nintendo DS games, hair accessories, dolls, CD player, shoes, Barbies and accessories, remote control cars, music CD's

Case #2: This couple who struggles daily to provide the basic needs for their seven children feels blessed to be selected for the Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas. This family has faced several challenges which include losing almost all of their personal belongings. This includes beds, dressers, winter clothing, shoes, and toys. These parents have worked very hard to face the challenges and keep their family together. Dad has worked a full time job and at times works two jobs in order to meet the family's daily needs. This mom and dad are devoted to their children and want to provide them with a memorable Christmas.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a Queen Size bed set and two twin size bed sets, washer and dryer, bedding sets, a vacuum, a TV, small kitchen appliances, and several dressers can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothing, cowboy boots and shoes, winter coats, bikes, fishing poles, Hot Wheel cars and remote control cars, girl beauty products, stuffed animals, Barbies, dolls, music CD's, MP3 players.

Case #3 (ADOPTED): This mom and dad feel blessed to be chosen for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they want more than anything to provide a wonderful Christmas for their two children. The family has struggled greatly in the last few months as mom gave birth to her second child prematurely. The baby was very ill and needed intensive medical care.  Dad has always worked full time to support the family, however, was unable to work during this time so that he could be with his newborn baby. The family incurred the cost of traveling back and forth to be with the baby and Dad had been unable to work. They had to move from their home. The family is working hard to recover from this difficult time and greatly appreciates the opportunity to provide a memorable Christmas for their children.

Case #4 (ADOPTED): This single mother of three struggles daily to meet the needs of her family. Mom completed her education so that she could find better employment and support her family; however, she has been unable to find full time employment. Instead she has worked two part-time jobs in order to pay the bills including student loans incurred. Mom also suffered from many medical issues requiring surgeries which have caused more financial strain. Mom is very devoted to her children and involves herself in any school or extracurricular activity despite her hectic schedule of working two jobs. She wants more than anything to provide a happy holiday season for her children and feels blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign.

Case #5: This single mother of four children feels fortunate to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign. Mom has not been able to work as she has suffered severe health issues in the last year. She has been diagnosed with several skeletal diseases causing her to travel to see specialists. Her adult child has moved back into the home to help care for his three siblings while still attending college. This family has faced many challenges in the last year and wants more than anything to have a happy and memorable holiday season.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a gas stove, Queen size bed set, kitchen towels and wash cloths, pots and pans, a microwave, bath towels, and paint for inside walls can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothing, tennis shoes, team apparel, winter coats, MP3 Player, age appropriate Wii games, puzzles and card games, earrings (girls), hair accessories, dress-up clothes, CD player.

Case #6: This father of four is working to create a better life for his family. Moving back to the area to be with family supports, he has had a difficult time finding work after suffering major injuries in a senseless act of violence. Dad has worked diligently with community services and resources and has managed to find appropriate housing, educational support, and medical resources for his children. This father is grateful to his community and church supporters for helping his family during this difficult time and is excited for the possibility of providing a wonderful Christmas for his family through the Good News of Christmas Campaign.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a washer and dryer, two twin bed sets, bedding sets, and kitchen items can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Baseball equipment and playset, sports apparel, action figures, educational toys, toy trucks and tool set, clothing, legos, winter coats, CD player, Doll house, Barbie dolls, winter boots.

Case #7: This single mother feels blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she and her three children have faced many challenges in the last year. Mom moved to the area in 2010 to be closer to family supports as she was struggling to care for her two children. She then became pregnant with her third child and gave birth several months premature. The baby had to be taken to a major medical center to be cared for. Mom struggled greatly while trying to split her time to be with her brand new baby and her two children at home for several months. The family is now together but mom is unable to work as the baby still requires medical attention from specialists.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a washer and dryer, kitchen table and chairs, bedding sets, dressers, and kitchen items can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Baby clothing, diapers, high chair, crib, crib toys, snowsuit, exersaucer, clothing, winter coat, winter boots, Nintendo DS, dress up clothing, bike, books and DVD's, educational toys, pajamas, kids table and chairs.

Case #8: This family of four would greatly benefit from the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they are working to overcome many obstacles. Dad was reunited with his two children after two years of searching for them. After being reunited, the children struggled with severe behaviors and were eventually diagnosed with mental disorders. Dad and step-mom work full time but struggle to provide needed therapy and medications for the children. They have worked through these difficulties and are building a strong, nurturing home. This is the first Christmas in over two years that the family will share together and want more than anything for it to be happy and memorable.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as an electric dryer, living room furniture, a Queen size bed set, kitchen items and small appliances.
  • Children's Wish List: Winter clothes, bike, winter gloves and hat, educational toys, legos, radio controlled vehicles, dress up clothes, puzzles, Monster High Dolls, board games, hair accessories.

 Case #9: This family of five has struggled greatly over the last two years as Dad was diagnosed with kidney disease and has had to be hospitalized several times. Mom has been working to support the family but has had to miss work in order to care for her husband while he was hospitalized. The family is grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as Dad's illness has put much stress on them.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a twin bed set, kitchen table and chairs, bedding sets, towels and wash cloths, a shower curtain, and bathroom supplies can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Tennis shoes, winter boots, clothes, bikes and safety gear, DVD's, educational toys, Barbie house and Barbie dolls, CD player, and CD's.

Case #10 (ADOPTED): This single mother feels blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she is working very hard to meet the needs of her two small children. This mother has no family supports as both parents are deceased. Mom has been on her own since a very young age but still managed to put herself through school and complete a certification program. She values her education as well as the education of her children and has been very involved in making sure that they are developmentally on target before beginning school. She wants more than anything to build a better life for herself and her children.

Case #11: This blended family with five children has faced many challenges in the past years. Mom has worked in the medical field for years but struggled to keep a job due to severe abuse in the home. She has been able to take her children and move away from her abusive past. She is working and is on track to build a better life for her and the children.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a twin bed set, a washing machine, kitchen table and chairs, TV and DVD player, bath towels and wash cloths, and kitchen towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Bikes, DVD player and DVD's, skateboard, clothes, books, twin bedding, winter coats, football, shoes, Lincoln Logs, action figures, Monster High dolls, hair accessories, bedroom decorations, a toddler bed and bedding, dolls.

Case #12:  These grandparents are doing their very best to build a life for their three grandchildren after being abandoned. Grandpa has had to cut back his work schedule to working only part time as to help with the grandchildren. This has put a great financial burden on the family. Grandma and Grandpa are so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they have faced many challenges and want to provide a happy and memorable holiday season for their grandchildren.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as a bunk bed and bath towels can be bought. Services such as replacement flooring and electric wiring in the home are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Shoes, clothes, boots, winter coats and over-alls, Wii games, MP3 player, guitar, Barbie dolls and accessories, Tablet PC, DVD's, dolls, dollhouse, tractor toys

Case #13: This growing family feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they have been financially struggling in the last year. Mom is working but is expecting a new baby in early 2013. Dad has not been able to work due to being injured. The family has been left with no medical benefits due to the loss of Dad's job. Their budget is very tight as they are incurring the cost to cover all medical needs for one child and another on the way. Dad has volunteered his time and abilities for his community for the past five years and greatly appreciates this opportunity to provide a wonderful Christmas for his family.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: "Dora" play items, Lincoln Logs, snow boots, clothes, winter coats, play kitchen set, teapot play set, infant "onesies", bassinet/ crib and bedding, baby bath set and tub, receiving blankets, and sleepers, rear facing carseat.

Case #14: This single mother has faced many challenges in the last year as her youngest child was born with many medical complications. Mom has always worked in the medical field but has had to quit her job as her child has needed several surgeries since birth and still requires many more leaving his immune system unable to fight infections. This mother is doing her best to raise four small children and would greatly benefit from the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that her children can have a memorable holiday season.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, shoes, winter coat and gloves, remote control toys, hotwheels, scooter, diapers, Tonka trucks, Legos, bike, baby dolls, Barbies and accessories, dress up clothing, sled, play kitchen set, baby doll stroller.

Case #15 (ADOPTED): This family of four has endured many setbacks in the last year as they lost their home and most belongings in a fire and Dad has suffered from a severe health condition. The family has worked with several agencies as to get back on their feet but Dad has not been able to work making it difficult to get re-established. The family has remained strong and Mom has made the decision to work her normal job as much as possible and return to school in order to find a better paying job. This family would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign and appreciate the opportunity to have a memorable holiday.

Case #16 (ADOPTED): This single mother of three children is grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign. She is working very hard to meet the needs of her children as she works full time and picks up any extra hours she can. However, as she is recently divorced and receives no assistance from the children's father or family, she is finding it very difficult to keep up on regular bills, let alone provide any Christmas gifts to her children.

Case #17: This mom and dad work very hard to meet the needs of their three children but struggle to have anything beyond basic. Mom and dad work as many hours as possible to pay their bills. The family does not own a vehicle and depends greatly on public transportation. However, work hours many times are after public transportation ends so the couple walks to work. The Good News of Christmas Campaign can benefit this family greatly as they are working diligently toward a better life for themselves and only want a happy holiday season.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as living room furniture, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Winter coats, shoes and boots, clothing, gloves and hats, bike, Play Station 3 and games, Personal computer or notebook, board games, infant clothing, baby/ toddler bed, diapers, high chair, baby bath set, and educational baby toys.

Case #18: This single mother of two feels so blessed to be a part of the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she is struggling to meet the daily needs of her family. Mom has always worked full time but recently lost her job and has not been able to find employment. Mom has been able to utilize community organizations for support and assistance but could greatly benefit from Good News to provide her family with a memorable holiday.

  • How can you help?  Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as twin bed sets, small deep freezer, kitchen table and chairs, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, winter coat, DVD player and DVD's, Converter box for TV, action figures, educational toys, Hot Wheels, Wrestling action figures and wrestling ring set.

Case #19: This young single mother of one child is so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she has struggled to meet the needs of her little family. Mom has been working part and attending school to further her education as well as volunteer in her community. However, as she struggled to pay her bills, she decided to work and put her education on hold. This mom is on the right track to create a better life for her child and Good News could benefit this family and provide a great holiday season.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as living room furniture, washer and dryer, kitchen table and chairs, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Toddler table and chairs, race car set, clothes, winter coat, diapers, boots, tennis shoes.

Case #20: This close knit family of four feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign. This single mother suffers from a severe disability and cannot work outside of the home. Her oldest daughter has stayed home rather than attend college to help with the other children and help financially. This mother wants more than anything for her children to succeed in life and not worry about her or her finances. Christmas has always been a difficult time for the family, but with Good News of Christmas, the family can have a happy and wonderful holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as a washing machine, kitchen items and small appliances, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Football team apparel, Wii games, Nerf products, football, team bedding for a twin bed, shoes, bike, Little Tikes basketball hoop, Legos, race car track, educational toys, Sponge Bob bedding for a twin bed, play tent, and a camping tent, an art easel with painting supplies, digital camera, fleece jacket, clothing, books.

Case #21: This blended family has struggled greatly in the past couple of years and feel blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign. Mom and Dad no longer work. Dad just recently lost his job due to health issues and Mom suffers from a seizure disorder that prevents her from working. Several of the children are diagnosed with disabilities and disabilities that require several doctors' appointments. This makes it very difficult for dad to hold a full time job. He has worked odd jobs in the area to help pay the bills. This family lives very simply and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to have a wonderful Christmas.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a kitchen table and chairs, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Winter coats, clothing, shoes, Nintendo DS games, board games, action figures, Hot Wheels, Transformers, Spongebob tent, educational toys, bike, diapers, wipes, toddler snow suit or winter coat, bedding for a crib, high chair, baby/ toddler dish set.

Case #22 (ADOPTED): This single mother of two small children has worked diligently to create a better life for her and her children. Mom put her herself through school to obtain an Associate's Degree and now works full time in a job she really loves. She currently receives no child support and has had the responsibility of caring for her two children on her own. She is invested in her children's education and only wants to have a successful life for her children. The Good News of Christmas Campaign can benefit this family and offer these children a wonderful holiday.

Case #23: This single mother of two feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she has worked very hard to meet the needs of her family on her own. Mom currently works full time and wants to return to school and receive a degree as to find a better paying job. Mom puts the needs of her children first and finds it difficult to ask for assistance for herself. Her only desire is to have a happy family and a memorable Christmas.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as a twin bed set, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, shoes, Legos, DVD's, board games, puzzles, science kits, arts and crafts kits, Barbies and accessories, coloring books and art supplies.

Case #24: This family feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they have endured many challenges in the last year. Dad has been diagnosed with a chronic disease and has had to cut back working to only a couple of hours a day. Mom is working as many hours as possible and hopes to be made full time very soon. Mom and dad are working to get back on their feet and pay their bills on time, but after bills are paid they find they  have nothing left to save or put towards Christmas.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as several bed sets, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, action figures, MP3 Player, bike, scooter, Play Station 2 games, Legos, Any Star Wars items, shoes, DSI games, CD's, DVD's, character bed sets, educational baby toys, diapers, infant/ toddler dish set, snow suit, boots, baby bath set.

Case #25 (ADOPTED): This single mother would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she is working hard to meet the needs of her brand new baby. She is working full time and supporting her child on her own with no support. While on maternity leave, she got behind on her bills and couldn't afford her car payment anymore. Now she is left with no transportation and walks everywhere with her baby in a stroller. This mom only wants to build a good life for her and her child and is so grateful that Good News of Christmas can offer her little family a wonderful holiday season.

Case #26: This mom and dad feel so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they are struggling greatly to meet the needs of their little family. Dad is disabled and requires medical appointments with specialists out of town leaving him unable to work. Mom is furthering her education as to better herself and works part time to help provide for her family. This income has not been enough to sustain the family and they have fallen behind in their bills. The family lives very simply and only wants to provide their child with a safe and happy home at Christmas time.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items, cleaning supplies, household supplies and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Play trucks, large train set, clothing, shoes, winter coat, bike, educational toys, action figures.

Case #27: This blended family wants more than anything to have a happy and memorable Christmas and are grateful for the chance through the Good News of Christmas Campaign. Dad works two jobs in order to meet the needs of his family and Mom stays home to take care of four children. The family lives in an inadequate home due to structural issues but can never get enough ahead to find the money and save for more appropriate housing.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, a refrigerator, several bed sets, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, shoes, bike, DVD's, skateboard, action figures, art supplies, earrings, craft sets, books, baby dolls and accessories, hair accessories.

Case #28: This hard working family would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign. Mom and Dad work full time and do the best they can to provide for five children. Mom is very invested in the children's education and gives her time and talents to the school whenever she can. They make sure their bills are paid, but many times this means that needed repairs to vehicles cannot be done or the family goes without any "extras". These children live very simply and don't ask for much. This is a very close family that only wants to have a happy and safe holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items, gas stove, refrigerator, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Hunting gear and clothing, a watch, clothes, fishing gear, boots, coat, art supplies, DVD's, remote control car, CD player, CD's, hand tools, MP3 Player, Football, Board games, Baseball equipment, shoes, tricycle, tractors, toy train.

Case #29 (ADOPTED): This family of five feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they have faced many challenges in the last year. Dad's hours have been cut at work due to poor economical conditions. Mom has had to stay home with their child who has just recently been diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness. The family has been required to travel for medical appointments to see specialists and mom and dad have had to incur the cost of all travel. To try and keep up on bills and the cost of travel, mom and dad have taken out loans that they are now struggling to pay. This family would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they are working hard together to get through this very difficult time.

Case #30: This extended family is facing some very difficult challenges and would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign. Mom is working full time to support this family as well as care for her spouse who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and his father who also has several challenging health issues. The family has very large medical bills due to hospitalizations and countless procedures. There is one small child in the home who rarely gets to just be a kid as there are so many challenges in the home. This family wants more than anything to provide a memorable and happy Christmas for this child and feels so blessed that Good News could offer that for them.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothing, shoes, winter coat, DVD's, coloring books and art supplies, race cars, Hot Wheels, dinosaur figures, educational toys, SpongeBob items, sports equipment, super hero action figures.

Case #31: This single father of three is grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign. He has been the sole caregiver of his children and is doing the best he can to meet their needs. He has struggled through layoffs and takes odd jobs to pay his bills. However, he has fallen behind in his bills due to unsteady work.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as a washing machine, bed sets, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, shoes, winter coat, Wii games, hair accessories, make-up, CD player, board games.

Case #32: This single mother is working to support two children in the home while dealing with her own health issues. She is so thankful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she is working to support her family and pay the bills but finds no extra money to afford Christmas gifts. Her adult son resides in the home while attending college and she is raising another child that she has had reside with her since birth. This mom continually gives of herself to others even when she is not feeling her best.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so items needed, such as washing machine and gas dryer, kitchen items and small appliances, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as kitchen and bathroom repair and home weatherization are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, CD player, shoes, cologne, CD player, hair accessories, earrings, winter coat.

Case #33: This mom and dad feel so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they are working hard to meet the needs of their children. Dad works as many hours as possible but due to economic struggles, his hours have been cut. Mom stays at home with the couple's youngest child as the child struggles with a severe disability. This has caused great hardship on the family. They make sure that their bills are paid and they have no debts. But this family has nothing saved for special occasions or emergencies. The Good News of Christmas Campaign would benefit this family as they only wish to have a memorable holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, winter coat, DSI and games, tennis shoes, boots, educational toys. Leap Frog.

Case #34: This single mother has overcome incredible challenges in the last year and would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign. Mom escaped an abusive home to create a better life for herself and her child. Mom works full time and is now attending college full time in order to find better employment. She wants to set an example for her child that working hard and obtaining an education are important in everyone's life. This mom is putting her life on the right track and is so grateful that Good News of Christmas can provide her and her child with a memorable holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as a dryer, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, diapers and wipes, potty training chair, educational toys.

Case #35: This family of four feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they have endured exceptional challenges in a very short amount of time. Dad had struggled working full time as he suffered from various illnesses. This past summer he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease and has had to undergo several procedures and treatments. Mom has found full time work and is doing the best she can to provide financially and emotionally to the family. As the outcome of dad's illness is unknown, the Good News of Christmas Campaign can offer the opportunity of a happy and memorable holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, shoes, bike, soccer ball, Play Station 3 and age appropriate games, Scooby-Doo items, SpongeBob items, Bay Blade toys.

Case #36: This close knit family of seven is so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as they have endured great struggles. Mom and dad have always dreamed of having a home filled with children. However, after years of seeking fertility treatments, it seemed unlikely they would be able to have children. Both decided to open their hearts and their home to foster children. Mom and dad were blessed to open their home to three children and adopt all three. Unfortunately, dad became ill and was diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. While receiving treatments, the family was notified of another child needing a loving home. Even when facing such hardships, mom and dad opened their home to another child. Mom and dad feel so blessed to have these children in their lives and only want to provide a wonderful Christmas for them.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as home repairs to roof and bathroom as well as home weatherization are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, winter coats, boots, Legos, DS Games, MP3 Players, DVD player, art supplies, DVD's, Nintendo DS, Barbies and accessories, jewelry, hair accessories, baby dolls.

Case #37: This newly single mother feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she is caring for four children and expecting another child very soon. She recently lost her job due to economic cut backs and she is struggling to meet the needs of her family. The Good News of Christmas would benefit this family as mom only wants to provide a happy holiday for her children.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as crib and all baby items, kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, winter coats, boots, shoes, DVD's, CD's, educational toys, earrings, DS games, infant clothing, infant snow suit.

Case #38: This blended family has struggled greatly in the past year as the family has had to endure the death of a family member. This has caused great disruption in the children's lives, but the family is working to become strong again. Due to economic cutbacks, dad has been able to find full time work but continues to work odd jobs to pay the bills. They are barely meeting the needs of the children and only want for this Christmas to be memorable for them.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, winter coats, fishing rod and reel, cowboy boots, SpongeBob bedding, digital camera, E-Reader, bedding set with bright colors, alarm clock, earrings.

Case #39: This single mother of five children is working hard to create a better life for her and her children. She has goals of working in the medical field and is attending college full time to obtain this goal. She is doing her best to meet the needs of her family and is so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that she can have the opportunity to provide a wonderful holiday to her children.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothing, winter coats, DS games, Xbox games, make-up, jewelry, bedroom area rug, Loving Family minivan, Squinkies, dollhouse, Disney Princess items,

Case #40: This family of four feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as the family has struggled financially due to both parents being out of work for a while. Mom and dad are both working now, but only one car is running creating a difficult situation with schedules. Mom and dad try to handle all car and home repairs themselves as they cannot afford to hire anyone to fix these issues. The Good News of Christmas can allow this family to have a happy and memorable holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Winter clothing, winter coats, educational toys, Curious George items, Wii controllers and games, Legos, action figures.

Case #41 (ADOPTED): This single mother of two children is so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she struggles to meet the everyday needs of her children. Mom is the sole provider for her two children. One child is disabled which makes working very difficult for mom. This past year, mom had health issues that required surgery which put financial strain on the family. Mom is still working to recover from her health issues and is doing very well. The Good News of Christmas Campaign would make this holiday season very special for this family.

Case #42: This single mom of two children worked the same job for the past six years until a fire destroyed her place of employment. While working she completed her education in a specialty field and fully expected to be running her own business. However, since the loss of her job and all income, she has not been able follow through with her dream of being self-employed and has even fallen behind in monthly expenses. Mom has now found part time work and is working to recover from the hardship. Mom is so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she wants more than anything to provide a happy and memorable holiday for her children.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, dressers, beds and bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Winter coat, bike, scooter, shoes, Xbox 360, clothes.

Case #43: This single mother has endured severe abuse over her life and has now found peace and stability. She is so grateful to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she and her child are creating a new life and building on happy memories created together. Mom has always worked in the medical profession as well as donated her time and talents to those with medical needs. She continued working while enduring horrific abuse in the home. But after time, it became clear that she needed to make very difficult decisions in order to survive. She was able to leave that abusive life but incurred the cost of all delinquent bills. The Good News of Christmas Campaign can greatly benefit this small family so that they can share a happy holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a Queen Size bed set, tires for the family vehicle, pots and pans, and a bedroom dresser can be bought. Services such as dentistry and oral surgery are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothing, bike, baby dolls, Barbie dolls and accessories, DVD's.

Case #44: This mother and father feel so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as life has not been easy for this family for many years. Mom and dad were divorced several years ago and their children are all grown. However, one adult child remains in the home due to developmental delays that prevent the ability to live independently. Several years ago, mom suffered from a neurological disease and since that time has suffered from severe memory loss. At this time, she and her husband were divorced and she was forced to move in with her mother so that the children could be taken care of. With the death of her mother and faced with the inability to care for her adult child, her ex-husband moved back into the home to care for both of them. Dad is now faced with his own health issues but wants to take care of his child and his ex-wife. The Good News of Christmas Campaign could greatly benefit this family and offer and wonderful holiday season.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that delinquent bills can be paid down for the family or items needed, such as a washer and dryer, some living room furniture, bedding, crock pot, and vacuum cleaner can be bought. Services such as dentistry and oral surgery are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, Winter coat, jewelry

Case #45: This single mother of three children wants more than anything to provide a happy and memorable holiday for her children. Mom is has always worked to provide for her family but had to take extended time off of work after having her last child as the child was born with health concerns. She is now back to work and trying to complete her education. She has plans to work in the health care field which will give her family much more stability. The Good News of Chrismas Campaign can help this struggling mother in a time when she is working diligently in creating a better life for her family.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as kitchen items and small appliances, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Bike, shoes, DVD's, Barbie dolls and accessories, DS games, Baby swing, high chair, scooter, cologne.

Case #46: This single father of three children has just moved to the area to be with family supports. He is the sole provider for his children and he is the caretaker for his younger sibling. Since moving to the area, dad has not been able to find employment in the fields that he has experience in. Dad is currently pursuing his education to obtain employment in the medical field that would provide his family with financial stability. The Good News of Christmas Campaign would benefit this family greatly and would offer the opportunity for a wonderful and happy holiday.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a stove, refrigerator, kitchen items and small appliances, bedding sets, and bath towels can be bought. Services such as auto repairs and maintenance are also needed.
  • Children's Wish List: Winter coat, shoes, sled, matchbox cars, Leapfrog, DS games, Legos, Barbie dolls and accessories, Boots, clothes.

Case #47: This single mother of four young children feels so blessed to be nominated for the Good News of Christmas Campaign as she and her children have struggled greatly this past year. This family has pulled together to escape a violent situation and build a new life.  Mom is working diligently to create a better life for herself and her children as she is a full time student in the nursing field. She is the sole provider for her children and has no family supports of any kind.  This family would benefit greatly from the Good News of Christmas Campaign as this family is on the road to healing and happiness.

  • How can you help? Please help this family by donating monetarily to the Good News of Christmas Campaign so that items needed, such as a dryer, some living room furniture, bed sets and bedding, kitchen items and small appliances can be bought.
  • Children's Wish List: Clothes, bedding, shoes, action figures, football, BB gun, coat, jewelry, E-Reader, make-up and hair accessories, boots, Barbies and accessories, baby dolls and accessories, art supplies.

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