HARROD — Fresh from a divorce, an Indiana woman packed only a few clothes for herself and her two young sons and headed for Ohio to live with her mother in a small trailer.
Now the waitress at a local restaurant has only until the first of the year to find a new place to live.
“My boys and I are currently in need of a house or something,” Angela said. “We have until the first of the month to find a place to live. After the divorce, we lost everything that wouldn’t fit in my car.”
The house trailer she lives in actually belongs to her grandmother and is really just big enough for her mother, who also went through a divorce and is trying to make ends meet. Since they arrived in August, they have converted a porch area into a living space, but it is too cold to live in now that temperatures have dropped below freezing so they are forced into even more cramped quarters.
“Beyond my mother giving me a temporary place to live, I am not receiving any help from him (former husband) at all,” Angela said. “I hope I can afford Christmas and get them a few things and I really hope I can get into a place of my own because this place is too small.”
The small trailer becomes more cramped when 5-year-old Steven and 4-year-old David run around the trailer. She describes Steven as shy but once he warms up then he is very outgoing, and he possesses a huge imagination. David is not shy at all, “he is a little bully and very outgoing, but he is a big sweetheart.”
In their haste to leave, Steven and David grabbed few clothing items. They need socks, pajamas, pants and shirts. Steven wears size 5T and David wears size 4T.
The boys have similar interests in toys especially Spiderman action figures and Transformers. The 23-year-old mother said their interest really boils down to superhero toys.
While she works, the hours are few because the construction on Interstate 75 is putting a dent into business. She also needs her car repaired. During this past weekend’s snows, she struggled to negotiate a curve and her tire hit the curb and “busted my rim and broke my tie rod, so I am currently without a vehicle.”
At one time, Angela’s dream consisted of going to college and being a kindergarten teacher.
“In high school, I took a few classes to help me move in that direction and I actually went over to the elementary school and helped the kindergarten teacher out,” Angela said. “Then I got pregnant and was never able to achieve my dreams. If I had one Christmas wish, it would be to be able to go back to school and earn that degree and support my family.”
In the end, she only wants one thing.
“I really don’t need much and as long as my kids are happy then I am happy,” Angela said. “My main concern is trying to make this Christmas as those they had in the past.”
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 sending it to The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima OH 45807, or by dropping it off at any Superior Federal 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.