LIMA — Katie knows she’s made some bad decisions in life but she doesn’t want her children to suffer.
Children are innocent and deserve the best, no matter what, especially at Christmas, Katie said.
“Every child deserves the world if it can be given to them,” she said.
But being a single mother on disability and some public assistance, she’s not exactly doing well financially.
Katie wants her three daughters, Sara, 15, Judy, 11, and Jen, 7, and her only son, Mike, 10, to have a Christmas like any other family. But right now she needs a Christmas miracle.
“It’s always been difficult on a fixed income,” she said. “There’s been years I have had to literally go Christmas shopping at the Dollar Tree. It’s just really upsetting.”
Her younger children still believe in Santa Claus and Katie doesn’t want to destroy that.
“If there’s nothing under the tree Christmas morning they will look at themselves. ‘Why? What did I do?’ I don’t want them to feel that way. I really don’t want them to feel bad because of my shortcomings,” she said.
The two eldest no longer believe but also know their mother struggles. They also understand, she said.
Katie struggles to get her children, three who have medical conditions, back and forth to appointments, including one child who has to go to Dayton to see a doctor. She has an old van that was donated but it’s in serious need of repairs and has more than 200,000 miles.
Katie receives no child support. The two men who fathered her children are not in the picture and do not help, she said.
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