LIMA — It has been a tough couple of years for Barb and her grown daughter, Becky, and now they are forced to ask for a little help.
“We could really use it,” Barb said. “We have never had to ask for help before, but the last couple of years it has been one thing after another piled on top. It has been a long two years.”
Things began spiralling after Barb’s husband died of cancer two years ago. Next, Becky and her husband separated, leaving Becky needing a place for her and her four children, ages 9, 7, 6 and 5, to go.
Barb stepped up to help, but at the same time she had to move from her rented house. She did not have a lease and her landlord wanted the house for family members.
“We were just able to afford this one,” Becky said from the house she and her mother have been renting for the past month.
Barb stays with her grandchildren while Becky works. She recently started a new job. The family is struggling getting some things needed for the house, including a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer and bunk beds. Her grandson is sleeping on the floor.
The kitchen has a tiny refrigerator, but the door doesn’t shut. The refrigerator is Barb’s biggest concern right now.
“The kids’ juice just sits on the counter or I put it outside,” she said.
“We can’t afford a new one right now, not at all,” Becky added.
While a Christmas tree is up at the home, Becky knows her children won’t have the kind of Christmas they are used to.
“I just can’t afford a whole lot right now,” she said. “It is difficult and makes me feel sad. I know that is not what Christmas is all about, but with being kids, that is what they are excited for.”
The children understand it is hard now and that Mom and Grandmother are trying, but Becky still wants them to have a good Christmas. The younger girls, ages 5 and 6, like Barbies and other dolls. The 7-year-old boy likes dirt bikes and motorized vehicles. The 9-year-old girl likes art supplies and to make jewelry.
The children also needs new winter coats. The family has purchased one, but not the others. They need size 10-12 in boys and size 6-7 and 14-16 in girls.