By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Since moving to the area from Chicago a few years ago, Sandy has been on quite a roller coaster.
Sandy, not her real name, had two young daughters when she moved and last year became pregnant with her third child. Her son, Jeff, was born three months premature and remained hospitalized for three months. His hospitalization forced the single mother to frequently travel to be with him. Fortunately, the two girls were able to stay with family members while Sandy was on the road. Because of Jeff's premature birth, Sandy is unable to work because she has to take him to frequent doctor's appointments.
The family is Case No. 7 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which provides support to dozens of area families this holiday season.
Sandy is now trying to get back on her feet, but is in need of some vital things for her family. She would like a washer and dryer. With three young children, laundry is a never-ending chore and she would like to be able to do it at home without having to take Jeff with her to the laundromat. She would also like a kitchen table set so that the family can sit together for meals.
The family could also use a queen-size comforter set in bright colors like pink or purple, a pink or purple bedside lamp, a dresser for the daughters' room, comforter sets for the daughter's twin size beds, preferably with Dora the Explorer and princess patterns, a lamp for the daughters' room, a floor lamp and a set of eight dishes.
Jeff is in need of size 3 month to 6 month clothing and size 2 Pampers diapers. He could use a high chair, baby swing, crib, musical crib toys, socks, a blue snowsuit, an exersaucer and any toys.
Lilly, 6, is in need of size 5-6 clothing, a winter coat and size 11 boots. She would like a pink Nintendo DS, dress-up clothes, make-up and jewelry, a 12-inch or 16-inch bike, any princess-themed toys, books or DVDs, a LeapFrog, and a princess nightgown/robe.
Josie, 5, is in need of size 7 clothing and prefers pants, jeans and shirts. She would also like a bright color size 6 winter coat and bright size 12 boots. She would like a pink Nintendo DS, a Dora table and four chairs, a 12-inch or 16-inch bike, a LeapFrog, any Dora books, any Barbie dolls and a doll house, and a Dora nightgown/robe.
Sandy is in need of size 7 black Nike Air Force 1 shoe, any kind of Victoria's Secret perfume and medium-size pajamas.
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.