LIMA â€” Julie feels her best when she is able to help provide for her family. She wishes she could get back to work, but a medical condition is making it hard.â€śThis has really taken a toll on my family,â€ť she said.Julie, who works for a nursing home facility, has been off work since September when she was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. She has always had minor thyroid issues, but nothing like she does now.While she is on medication and has undergone radiation treatment, Julie still finds herself having stomach, high blood pressure and vision problems. She also sometimes struggles keeping her balance. The biggest issue is being almost constantly tired.â€śIt is just really tough. Some days I am just so tired,â€ť she said, saying she wished she was able to do more with her children. â€śSome days I overdo it because Iâ€™m afraid I wonâ€™t have the energy the next day.â€ťShe has also been struggling with a stress fracture in her lower back; a condition that started soon after her 18-month-old son was born. She also has a 3-year-old daughter.Julie is hopeful to be back at work in January and would also like to eventually go back to school. She earned an occupational therapist assistant degree from Rhodes State College in 2005. But until then, paying rent and other bills are tough for her and her fiancĂ©.â€śOur main concern is paying our rent and bills,â€ť she said. â€śIt is very tough with just one income.â€ťJulie is hoping to be able to give her children a good Christmas. She would like her daughter to have educational toys and her son likes trucks and other â€śtoughâ€ť toys. They also love watching Disney movies, but the familyâ€™s television just broke.The children also need clothes. Both wear toddler size 3-4.â€śHe is growing so fast, just clothing him is really hard for me,â€ť she said of her son, adding she could also use a potty chair for him.The family could also use things for their home, including a bed for the couple, picture frames, dinning-room chairs, vacuum cleaner, curtains and lamp shades. Both she and her fiancĂ© also need boots; womenâ€™s size 8 and menâ€™s size 9Â˝.The Empty Stocking Fund benefits three cooperating agencies: Bradfield Community Center, Cheryl Allen Southside Community Center and the Salvation Army. Money can be donated by writing to The Lima News. It is deposited in an account at the Huntington Bank. It is then distributed to the three agencies. Donations of new toys, nonperishable food items and personal hygiene products will be accepted at The Lima News office at 3515 Elida Road for distribution to the agencies. For a complete list of stories, or to donate online, go to www.limaohio.com/stocking.