Mom hoping for a Christmas miracle for her kids

LIMA — Marva is battling some health issues and has applied to the Lima Salvation Army for help through the Adopt A Stocking program.

Marva lives with her son Todd, 6, and daughter Sami, 4, and is hoping for a miracle this Christmas.

Marva has nephrocalcinosis in her kidneys and has been battling colon cancer over the past couple of years.

“My throat was closing because my thyroid isn’t working properly,” Marva said. “I have kidney failure. It’s made me gain over 100 pounds in the last nine months or so so. I can’t stand very long to work because my feet swell up so I can’t keep a job.”

She does have a part-time job where she works anywhere from two to four hours a day. Because her job is only part-time, it doesn’t pay the bills and she doesn’t have health insurance.

She’s opted out of treatments for colon cancer because she has to take care of her two children. Her doctors told her she could live anywhere from a year to four years.

She lost her father earlier in the year after he took his own life and she recently lost her brother in an automobile crash on I-75.

She’s hoping that people who hear her story will help and give her children a better Christmas.

“Giving my kids a decent Christmas would mean the whole world to me because I can’t provide for them and my mom can’t provide because she’s on disability. It would make me very happy to know that my kids can have a Christmas.”

Marva’s son Todd could use jeans, size 12, shirts size 10-12 and shoes size 4½ youth.

Daughter Sammi takes a 10-12 top and a 10-12 in leggings or jogging pants.

As for toys, Todd likes action figures, remote control vehicles, Transformers and Roblox while Sammi likes JoJo Siwa toys, unboxing toys, Doc McStuffins toys and a Rainbow High doll.

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By Sam Shriver

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The Adopt a Stocking Fund benefits families during the holiday season. Monetary donations can be given online at or via Adopt A Stocking; c/o The Salvation Army; P.O. Box 234, Lima, OH 45801. All material donations for a specific family should be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 614 E. Market St., Lima, and should include a copy of the article or the date the story appeared in The Lima News. See past stories at

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.