By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Mary, a single mother, already was struggling to make ends meet for herself and her three children when she gave birth to fourth child a year ago.
Things suddenly got worse.
The fourth child, a boy, was born with a rare medical condition that already has required him to undergo eight costly surgeries. The boy also has a weak immune system, respiratory problems, allergies and other issues that are making life difficult for the child, his siblings and his mother.
Mary, not her real name, is Case 14 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which seeks to help struggling area families during the holiday season.
A caseworker familiar with Mary's situation noted that Mary had been working to provide for her family's needs, but "due to the son's health complications, she is currently not able to work."
The family has many needs. Money is one of them because the family is way behind in paying off a large payday loan.
All the children need clothing, including basic necessities such as underwear, socks, shoes and winter coats. The 1-year-old boy also needs plenty of size 4 diapers and wipes.
All the children would enjoy toys appropriate for their ages. In addition to the littlest boy, Mary has a 6-year-old son and two daughters ages 5 and 3.
The caseworker said Mary would enjoy having a Kindle Fire, but she also would like to get a large sled so she could take the kids sledding this winter.
Good News drop-off boxes are provided in the lobby of The Quincy Herald-Whig, and at ShopKo, Farm & Home, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sam's Club, the Quincy Mall service desk area, and outside both Bergner's and JC Penney.
More information about how to help the campaign is available by calling Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.