LIMA — Faith and her boyfriend had been together since middle school. She’s 26 now and is facing her first Christmas without the man she loved.
“My son’s dad went to Columbus to go to a concert [in mid-January]. We got a call, they said we needed to rush down to Columbus and it was an emergency. He had an asthma attack. His lungs collapsed. When we got there he was stabilized,” but Faith said he died a short time later.
Faith and 4-year-old Charles are now staying with her parents, trying to make ends meet.
“My parents are the best I could ask for, even when I don’t deserve it,” she said.
Faith works in the kitchen at a local hospital on an as-needed basis but she’s afraid there won’t be much money left for her boy’s Christmas.
She had taken classes at Apollo Career Center and previously worked in billing and medical coding, but that job was eliminated. She’s hoping for a better job so she can provide a better future for herself and her child.
“It’s been hard,” she said.
Their 4-year-old child is lost without his father.
“My son asks about his dad all of the time,” she said.
As far as toys, Charles is lucky. “He has toys from his birthday he hasn’t opened yet,” she said.
Faith wants her son to have a good Christmas and that’s why she signed up for the Empty Stocking program through the Salvation Army, “To get him stuff I can’t give him.”
While toys aren’t needed there is a need for clothing as Charles continues to grow.
Faith says he needs tops and bottoms in size 4T and size 9 in shoes.
Won’t you help make Christmas a little brighter for Faith and her son Charles?
Please donate to the Empty Stocking Fund and help change a mother and son’s life.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.