Empty Stocking: Unfortunate events snowball for family


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 —Things were going great for Carrie, 38 and her fiance Steve, 32, in August when they moved into their own home. The couple were excited to be homeowners.

“Steve works construction, so we knew we could fix things up as we were able to,” said Carrie.

Then things quickly fell apart.

“I just bought the house. We closed the last week of July and moved in August 12. We moved in, I was extremely excited, and I went back to work the very next week and HR was in and they told us that they were closing down the call center. It was scheduled to be the first week of December, and they thought December 2nd,” said Carrie.

That was a big worry for Carrie, now wondering if they could afford the house if and when she was without a job.

In October during the series of bad storms, the sump pump in their new basement quit, flooding the entire basement, and reaching their furnace.

”So we went without a furnace for a couple of days before we could get a new one installed. Thank goodness we have an HVAC friend,” said Carrie.

Another stroke of bad luck occurred when her fiance was in an automobile accident on Oct. 27th. His car was totaled. The couple shared Carrie’s vehicle until getting a car from Carrie’s brother. No sooner did they buy that car and Carrie’s van started acting up. She took it to get it repaired and was told the head gasket was blown.

“I thought, oh this is just terrific. My luck doesn’t seem to get any better,” said Carrie.

The holiday season is always a little depressing for Carrie, as she lost a brother two years ago on Nov. 19th.

“That Sunday though was one of the better days. I woke up that morning and we had such a beautiful sunrise and the sky was like pink and purple, just so awesome. I talked to him my whole way to work and I just asked him for prayers and thoughts and for a blessing to come my way. And to me, it was a blessing because I got a phone call about a potential job offer. And I was like okay, maybe this was his way of letting me know,” said Carrie.

Carrie has four children to provide for at Christmas .

Tyler is 21 and is in college. He could use gas cards, as he drives back and forth from college during breaks.

Madison is 14, and she is into flashy stuff. She will take anything and love it.

Scott is 11. He is into anything, shoes, clothes. He wears a size 2 1/2 in shoes and a size 10 in clothing. He loves Ohio State and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“He is very thin, so he needs the adjustable waist pants,” said Carrie.

Melody is nine. She is into glitter and slime and making crafty things. She wears a size 4 in shoes and a size 14 in clothing.

Carrie said she doesn’t need anything.

“I understand what this is about and what it’s for, but I don’t ask for anything,” said Carrie. “Maybe some laundry detergent or Clorox.”

Steve works in the construction field. He’s outside in the cold. He could use thermal socks. He wears a size 10 in shoes. He wears a size XL in shirts and could use sweatpants, size XL. Steve wears a size 38 x 34 in jeans.

Carrie thinks things are looking up for her as about a week or two ago, HR happened to stop by her work and told the staff their jobs would not be over until the first week of February. She also has the potential for another job.

“Yes, thank goodness. But now I have no vehicle. I actually thought that things were looking up for me when I bought this house. I thought I did the right thing. Then, bam, bam, bam I’m being hit left and right. It’s taking its toll on me. I try to stay positive for the kids, and it’s hard,” said Carrie.

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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.

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