Good News Case No. 13: Injury, loss of health insurance put young family behind

Posted: Nov. 20, 2012 10:06 pm Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 2:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Josh prided himself on being a hard-working young man and even volunteered for several years in a dangerous public service position.

All that changed last winter when he suffered a serious injury that kept him from working. To compound his distress, Josh lost his health insurance after he got behind on the premiums.

Josh and his wife, Kathy, not their real names, are Case No. 13 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which will provide support to dozens of area families this holiday season.

Kathy was doing all she could to provide an income for the family until she gave birth recently to the couple's second child. The couple is also behind on utility and other loan payments.

"Any help we receive would be greatly appreciated," Kathy said.

Some basic home needs include a toaster, food processor, pots and pans, bath towels, wash cloths, silverware and a navy blue set of dishes.

Their preschool-age daughter would like Dora the Explorer toys, a fire truck with siren, tea set, Lincoln Logs, a barn set with animals, a play kitchen, pretend groceries, Hello Kitty or Dora clothes, snow boats and socks. To help provide for their newborn, Kathy requested sleepers, onesies, diapers, a car seat, a crib and sheets, bottles, blankets and diaper wipes.

Josh would like a gift card to Wal-Mart. He enjoys the Sons of Anarchy DVDs and collects die cast cars. Kathy needs new jeans but because she is tall she needs to try them on. She would appreciate a Wal-Mart gift card, black wallet and picture frames in various sizes.

Drop boxes for the Good News of Christmas can be found at the The Quincy Herald-Whig, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart, the Quincy Mall customer service desk near Krieger's, outside of Bergner's, outside of J.C. Penney, Sam's Club and Farm & Home Supply.

More information about how to help the campaign is available by calling Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.