Empty Stocking: Motorcycle crash leads to dismal Christmas season


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.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 — Brian and Ashley have had problems making ends meet ever since Brian was involved in a motorcycle accident in April.

Brian and his buddy were working on his friend’s motorcycle and his friend asked Brian to take it for a ride. He pulled into an intersection and somebody ran the intersection and Brian had to swerve and smacked right into a building. Due to the medical issues, he was off work for several months and eventually, he lost his job completely.

To make matters worse, Brian just had surgery Nov. 17 for a torn labrum, carpal tunnel and pinched nerves. The doctors have said this surgery would put him off for six months to a year if he had a job.

Ashley, who was a stay at home mom, went to work when Brian’s motorcycle accident happened. She is getting 40 plus hours a week.

“We’ve been trying to get caught up on bills, and it’s hard when you’ve got the five kids and you need to get them what they need too,” said Ashley. “It’s hard.”

They want to ensure their children — four girls and a boy — have something to open on Christmas day.

Anne is nine and loves arts and crafts. Marie is eight and is also into arts and crafts, but loves drawing especially. She could use snow boots and wears a child’s size 7. The two oldest do not need clothing as they have cousins that pass their clothes down to them.

Lacy is six and loves baby dolls. She could use clothes and wears a size 7 and she too could use snow boots wearing a child size 7. Tyler is six. He could use clothes. He wears a size 6T and a size 6 in children’s shoes and boots. He loves remote control stuff, cars, trucks, airplanes and dinosaurs. The baby, Kacey, is three and loves baby dolls and anything pink. She wears a size 4T in clothing and a size 5 in shoes and boots.

Brian and Ashley are in need of a new washer and dryer. Their washer is very old and barely running and the dryer quit running altogether. With five children, the laundry piles up quickly.

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By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.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.