Empty Stocking: Looking for help at Christmas time


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@civitasmedia.com



The Empty Stocking Fund benefits three cooperating agencies, Bradfield Community Center, Mizpah Community Center and the Salvation Army. Money can be donated by sending it to The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima OH 45807, or by dropping it off at any Superior Credit Union branch. Donations of new toys and nonperishable food items will be accepted at The Lima News office. These stories use assumed names to protect the participants’ privacy. See past stories at LimaOhio.com/tag/emptystocking.

LIMA — Davey will be turning 72 in January. He has worked all his life and retired Sept. 25, 2015. He lives alone with his dog and cat.

When Davey was working, an accident about cost him his life. He and three other workers were burned in a furnace accident in 1978. Davey had third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body and has had many surgeries. He was at St. Vincent Hospital for 56 days.

“They didn’t know whether we would live or die,” Davey said.

He still remembers the accident vividly.

“I remember trying to find a way out,” Davey said. “You couldn’t see anything because of all the smoke.”

The last operation performed at St. Vincent was on his arm. They scraped his arm and gave him a 50/50 chance that he would have full use of his arm. He was supposed to have the other arm operated on, but decided against it.

Davey has lived in his house for five years. A leak in his basement was discovered shortly after he moved in. The leak was found and fixed, but the basement has never been cleaned up.

Davey would like some help cleaning out his house, including his basement, for the holidays. He considers himself a pack rat and wants to clean the house up for the holidays.

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By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@civitasmedia.com

The Empty Stocking Fund benefits three cooperating agencies, Bradfield Community Center, Mizpah Community Center and the Salvation Army. Money can be donated by sending it to The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima OH 45807, or by dropping it off at any Superior Credit Union branch. Donations of new toys and nonperishable food items will be accepted at The Lima News office. These stories use assumed names to protect the participants’ privacy. See past stories at LimaOhio.com/tag/emptystocking.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.