By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Amy has been working hard to keep family finances on track and still do what she can to help out her father, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
Amy, not her real name, and her three sons are Case 46 in the Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign.
Working in food preparation, Amy receives limited pay but always puts the basic needs of her children first.
"Mom continues to be very involved with her three boys and works hard to set a great example for them ... and works very hard to be self sufficient," the family case worker wrote.
With limited paychecks coming in, Amy has consolidated her bills to keep better track of expenses. She also has been taking additional classes and training to improve her chances of better pay and better jobs.
Her efforts have been helped by members of her extended family, but her father's illness has made things difficult. Amy also has been facing some unexpected time off and has tried to help her father make it to his medical appointments.
The family's Christmas wish list includes some household basics. They need a washer and electric dryer and have need to two dressers in light or dark neutral colors. Bath towels, kitchen towels, pots, pans, wash rags and a bathroom rug round out some of the joint family needs.
Amy's 15-year-old son would like to have a skateboard, scooter or finger boards. He wears size 14-16 shirts and jeans, large hoodies, socks and size 10 shoes.
A 9-year-old son wants Legos, a scooter, skate board or dirt bike toys. He wears size 10-12 shirts, size 10 regular jeans, medium hoodies, socks and Air Jordan, Sketchers, Adidas or Nike shoes in size 5.
Her 5-year-old wants Legos, dirt bike toys, four-wheeler toys and cars or remote control vehicles. He wears size 5T T-shirts or wrestling shirts, size 5T jeans, boys size 11 shoes and needs socks and hoodies.
Amy could use gas cards, candles and gift cards for clothing at the Quincy Mall or general needs at Wal-Mart.