By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A single mom with a baby boy is trying to get her life back on track after leaving an abusive relationship.
Christy, not her real name, and her 1-year-old son, Joey, are Case No. 34 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which provides help to area families during the holidays.
Christy is trying to get back on her feet after surviving an abusive relationship with Joey's father. According to a caseworker, Christy experienced repeated domestic violence in the forms of physical, emotional and financial abuse. She was observed with bruises, and the apartment they lived in was damaged many times by the abuser.
Christy works full-time and recently began taking a full load of classes at a local college. She has received little financial support from Joey's father. She has been helped by her mother, but Christy's mom lacks the resources to provide for her and Joey.
The family's major wish for Christmas is a dryer. The one the family currently uses has a broken knob and requires Christy to use vice grips to start it. The dryer only stays on for five minutes. Christy says the family is also in need of a functioning microwave, white sheets, pillow cases and a comforter for a full-sized bed.
Joey needs jeans pants size 12 months to 18 months, size 5 Pampers Cruisers diapers, Parents Choice wipes, Baby Einstein DVDs, a potty training chair, a VTech 3-in-1 Learning Zebra scooter and a VTech Tiny Touch tablet. Christy would like any small adult size hooded sweatshirts, gift cards and body lotions.
Good News drop-off boxes are provided at ShopKo, Quincy Mall Service Desk area, outside Bergner's, outside JC Penney's, Farm & Home, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sam's Club and the Quincy Herald-Whig.
More information about how to help the campaign is available by calling Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.