By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Medical problems have dealt quite a blow to James and Becky over the years.
James is disabled and Becky is trying to help support the family by doing part-time work. She is going to school and attempting to find full-time work with no luck. They have a 4-year-old son, Joel, who has medical problems. The family is struggling to pay its bills and behind on the mortgage.
The family, whose names have been changed, is Case No. 26 in the 24th annual Good News of Christmas campaign, which provides support to dozens of area families this holiday season.
James has health issues that require frequent visits to the doctor, which means the family must spend a lot of money on gas to get to those visits. Joel is lactose intolerant, which means he has to drink soy milk.
The family receives help from several government agencies and other government programs, but it is not enough. The family has moved in with a relative, because they couldn't afford to pay their electrical bill. According to the caseworker, James and Becky are very active and never miss an appointment or home visit.
"They really try to make their situation better but cannot seem to get things caught up," the case worker said.
The family would like money to pay off its electrical expenses. The vehicle needs new brakes. The family also would like to repair the roof on its house and do some weatherization. It also would like cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom, bath towels and wash cloths, laundry detergent, soaps, dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, kitchen towels and washcloths.
Joel would like a large train set and semi truck. He also needs size 5 shirts, size 6 slim jeans, a size 6 winter coat and shoes size 121/2-13. James would like a gift card to a home repair store, Wal-Mart and Payless Shoes. Becky would like a J.C. Penney gift card, special lotion or hand soap and a Payless Shoes gift card.
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 the campaign is available by calling Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.