By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A couple is struggling to adjust to a new family life.
Mike and Allie, not their real names, are Case No. 8 in the Good News of Christmas campaign. They are one of 47 families in Western Illinois and Northeast Missouri who will receive support from the 24th annual campaign.
Mike and Allie each have full-time jobs. Earlier this year, two children who Mike fathered in a previous relationship were put into his care by a state agency. Both children have mental health and behavior issues, and Mike and Allie have done everything they can to accommodate the children's needs.
The couple has arranged for mental health and educational services. Mike and Allie have sought counseling services for the children, but the co-pay required was outside of the family's means. Mike and Allie have struggled to provide for the children's needs, because they receive no assistance from federal or state agencies.
Despite dealing with the behavioral issues, the parents have implemented a loving, nurturing home environment. The care the children receive from Mike and Allie has calmed much of the stress they've known in the past.
This Christmas, the family has asked for an electric dryer, a sectional couch, queen-sized box spring and mattress, a counter-top microwave, cooking pots, cooking pans, a tower fan, a crock pot and an iced tea maker.
The 4-year-old boy has requested a radio controlled helicopter, a car couch/bed from Wal-Mart, Legos, size-5 winter pants, small winter shirt, simple puzzles, Backyardigans DVD, winter gloves and hats, and a Leap Frog Learning System.
The 5-year-old girl would like dress-up clothes, puzzles, a winter outfit size 6 slim, educational toys, Candyland game, hair accessories and princess toys.
Mike hopes to get an air brush kit and a dinner gift card. Allie has asked for sheets, a flat iron to fix her hair and a laptop.
More information about how to help the campaign is available by calling Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.