By SANDI TERFORD
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A young father and mother struggling to keep above water in a tough economy would like to provide a happy, stress-free Christmas for their two little boys.
Michael and Jane, not their real names, are Case No. 40 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which provides support to area families this holiday season.
Michael and Jane both work and receive some family help with daycare expenses. They try to do repairs on their car and home themselves if possible. Michael even cuts the family hair to save money. However, despite their efforts, the couple has fallen behind on bills. One car is not working so Michael must sometimes miss work to pick up Jane. He is also unable to afford health insurance through his work.
The parents say their greatest need is for a car repair. This would allow them to maintain their jobs when both schedules overlap. They'd also like a lawnmower as they allowed a friend to use theirs and it was returned damaged.
Household needs include twin size sheets in a super hero pattern, a toaster, and towels, wash cloths and hand towels.
A toddler son needs winter clothes, jeans and long-sleeved knit shirts. He'd like a Curious George toys and blocks. Their school-age son needs winter clothes including adjustable waist jeans, long-sleeved knit shirts. He would like a Wii controller for the console that was given to the family, Lego blocks, action heroes, Ben 10 toys and U-Gi-Oh cards.
Michael needs tennis shoes, hair clippers with guards and thermal knit shirts. Jane can use tennis shoes for work as she is on her feet all day, and a washable winter coat.
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.