By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Michelle recently overcame an abusive marriage. She'd lived in horror since 1995 and had struggled with near death experiences due to heavy beatings.
Michelle and her daughter, Rebecca, are Case 43 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign. The 24th annual campaign seeks to help struggling area families during the holiday season.
After more than a decade of living in fear, Michelle, not her real name, has moved away from her husband. While she had multiple children with her ex-husband, she only has Rebecca, 4, in her custody. The state removed the other children from the home because of the father's extreme level of violence and drunken tendencies.
Michelle has finally cut ties with her husband, but she struggles with the loss of her children as well as nearly $25,000 worth of debt, mostly from the marriage.
Since leaving her husband, Michelle has been a dedicated mother to Rebecca. She has provided learning opportunities such as T-ball and swimming lessons and often speaks of the importance of education. She hopes Rebecca will graduate from college.
This Christmas, Michelle has asked for helped with dental surgery. She needs 12 teeth extracted from her lower mouth as well as dentures. Her 2001 Bravada needs new tires. Michelle also would like a full-size mattress, baking pans and a new dresser.
Rebecca would like a bicycle, baby dolls, a Barbie computer, Barbie dolls, children's DVDs, a gift card for a hair cut, jeans and socks. Her favorite colors are pink and purple.
Michelle has requested jeans, laundry soap, dish soap, body wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, razors, Tylenol, toilet tissue, shampoo, Lysol and a Wal-Mart gift card and a Wal-Mart gas card.
Good News drop-off boxes are provided in the lobby of The Quincy Herald-Whig; at ShopKo, Farm & Home, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sam's Club, and the Quincy Mall service desk area; and outside both Bergner's and JC Penney at the mall.
For more information about how to help the campaign, call Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.