By SANDI TERFORD
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Two area children have suffered a devastating year and the adults around them are hoping for a brighter future starting with Christmas.
Siblings Ellie and Jack, not their real names, are Case No. 38 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which provides support to dozens of area families this holiday season.
Ellie and Jack have lived with relatives their entire lives as their parents have not been able to provide a stable environment. Last year, their caregiver was diagnosed with a serious illness and died. The children were traumatized by her death and were uprooted again. They currently reside with other relatives who works odd jobs to try to provide for the children.
Prior to their caregiver's death, she expressed her desire to see that the children were cared for. A caseworker says the family hopes that especially this year the children are able to have a good Christmas in spite of all the losses they have encountered in the last year.
Five-year-old Jack loves to fish and be outdoors. He would like a fishing rod and reel with accessories. He also loves fire trucks, cars and SpongeBob Square Pants toys. He needs a winter coat, jeans and pajamas, all in size 6. He also needs cowboy boots and snow boats in size 12 or 13. Jack needs twin size sheets in a boy style.
Eleven-year old Ellie would like a Kindle or other e-reader, an alarm clock, a fishing rod and reel, and earrings. She'd needs a winter coat, jeans, a belt, tank tops and T-shirts. Sheets in bright colors, lavender or pink also would be appreciated.
The children's male guardian needs jeans, long-sleeved T-shirts and underwear. His wife needs cotton T-shirts, pants, sweatpants, pajamas and underwear.
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.