By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A single mother unable to work after the birth of her third child hopes a job training program will help provide a stable home for her family.
Amanda, not her real name, and her three children are Case No. 45 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which will provide support to dozens of area families this holiday season.
Amanda was working, but because of health concerns after the birth of her third child, she didn't get back to work until this fall. She will soon start work on earning her GED and plans to enroll in the certified nurses aide program at a local college.
"Being off work for so long has made things hard for the family," said a caseworker familiar with the family.
The family is receiving food stamps and medical assistance.
A major need for the family is dressers. The closets in their home are tiny, and a dresser would give more storage for clothes. Other major needs are a brake job for the family car, and a coffee table and end tables for the living room.
The family could also an area rug, vacuum cleaner, lamps, plastic plates, drinking glasses or cups and flatware.
Her 13-year-old son needs new shoes and would also like a pass to the Kroc Center, a scooter, used TV and some Axe body spray.
Amanda's 5-year-old daughter would like some dress-up clothes, shoes, Dora the Explorer DVDs, a dollhouse and a bike with training wheels.
The 2-month-old girl needs a baby bed, a swing, a highchair and diapers.
Amanda would appreciate some black shoes boots, blouses and pants and body sprays.
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.