I want you to know what I know; and want you to know why we are helping these families.
This family has 2 girls, Savannah and Cheyenne. Their mom has cancer and dad has lost his job. Their
house is in foreclosure. Dad can barely make the utility payments on the odd in jobs he is currently working. This
family put up a Christmas tree, but could not afford to put lights on it. Mom had extra stress on her wondering how
she was going to provide a Christmas morning for her 3 and 5 year old.
The next family has 8 children, Chloe, Kaimberlyn, Kinzie, Kara, Kelsey, Kaley, Kristen, and the only boy,
Tyler. Mom works a full time job to support these children. The older kids help take care of the younger ones after
school. They are all cute little blue-eyed, blond-haired children. I don’t know if all kids are biologically the moms, or
if it was a ‘hers, his, and mine’ type situation. I do know that dad no longer lives in the same home.
The final family came a little later than the others, just this week actually. I had a mom in our community call
with a very heart wrenching story of a family in need. At the beginning of our conversation, before I knew any
part of the situation, I was feeling a little guilty about asking for your help with 4 more children. But after hearing
what they are going thru, I feel that this is the right thing to do, and I think you will too. My understading is that this
was an abusive-type situation. The dad is no longer in the home. As a stay-at-home mom, the mom was not
working at the time of seperation, but has now gone back to work full time at a retail store making minimum wage.
There are 4 girls in this family: Rieli (3), Abbi (13), Darbi (16), and Jodi (17). The oldest has taken on a lot of
resposibility by getting a part-time job after school to help pay the bills and buy groceries. Reili is in daycare
during the day while mom is working and the other 3 girls are in school. With mom working retail this time of year,
you can imagine the late hours. Jodi has had to step in, along with the other 2, to make sure the 3 year old is
picked up from daycare, find dinner to put on the table a night, and get everyone bathed and ready for bed. It’s
hard enough these days just being a teenager, but when you add all of these other responsibilites on top, it has
been very stressful for all. The family has had to move from their home into another because of not being able to
afford the payments. When the girls were asked what they wanted for Christmas, the two oldest said “just for our