By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A single mother attends classes full-time as a nursing student in hopes to provide a better life for her four children.
Samantha, not her real name, has left an abusive relationship and is in a rough patch at the moment, but she knows if she keeps working hard, she will achieve her goal of providing a better life for children.
The family is Case No. 47 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which provides support to dozens of area families this holiday season.
"She is barely making ends meet, and the extra that she does have goes to her children," said a caseworker familiar with the family. "They are her world. She strives every day to make her children's lives better than the home life that she experienced growing up."
The children's fathers can't provide support for the children, and Samantha does not receive support from her family.
Major needs for the family is a front-loading clothes dryer, a couch that can be easily cleaned off and a recliner. The family could also use a set of metal silverware, a set of Teflon pots and pans, a microwave, potholders, hand towels and rags and a queen-size bed.
Her 13-year-old daughter could use a multicolor bed set for her twin-size bed, jeans, shirts, snow boots, tennis shoes and a winter jacket. She likes jewelry, makeup and nail products. She also would appreciate a Kindle Fire.
Samantha's 10-year-old son wants a twin-size bed set with a space or science fiction theme. He could use jeans, shirts, tennis shoes, snow boots and a winter coat. He would also appreciate a football, toy laser guns with batteries and a basketball hoop and ball.
Her twin 7-year-old daughters need a dresser they can share. They both could use jeans, shirts, snow boots, winter coats and a LeapFrog Tablet. One of the girls likes to play teacher and would like items that would help. She also would appreciate baby dolls and accessories. The other likes Barbies and would be thrilled to get a Barbie dollhouse, along with other dolls and accessories.
Samantha would like to have her hair highlighted and colored, hooded sweatshirts and a Kohl's gift card to buy work clothes.
Drop boxes for the Good News of Christmas can be found at 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.