By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A caseworker familiar with The Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign spells out the cold reality.
"This family has resigned themselves to the fact their time together is limited," the caseworker said. "The head of the household has a serious disease that will eventually win despite a decade-long fight. In addition to this, another member of this family unit is also dealing with severe limitations due to health conditions."
This is case No. 30 in the 24th edition of the Good News of Christmas campaign that is trying to brighten the holidays for 47 families in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Eight of the 47 families have been adopted by a church, business or civic group.
The four-member family depends on one paycheck, food stamps and Social Security disability payments.
"This leaves very little room for any extras in life," the caseworker said. "The family has large medical bills from years of doctor visits, hospitalizations and numerous procedures."
The family -- which consists of the mother, the father, a 3-year-old and an elderly adult -- hopes that the child can receive a new bed with sheets. He also needs a winter coat, and he loves sports, dinosaurs, race cars, crayons and coloring books.
"It is the family's hope the 3-year-old, who has gotten used to seeing wheelchairs and oxygen machines in the home, will have a magical Christmas morning," the caseworker said.
The entire family is also in need of winter clothing. Other needs include auto repairs, a queen-sized mattress and bedding.