LIMA — Four children, victims of parents who made bad choices, are now being raised by their grandmother.
The mom was addicted to meth and so was the father of two of the children, ages 5 and 3. The father of twin 10-year-old girls, is in prison.
The mother of the four children lost her brother after he died at age 27 of a heroin overdose.
She couldn’t handle the loss and turned to meth.
Child Protective Services took the children and placed them with the children’s maternal grandmother and grandfather, June and Bob (not their real names).
“I got kinship December first of last year. We got custody in April,” said June.
As you can imagine, the cost of raising four grandchildren can be daunting and June just wants the children to have something for Christmas.
“I signed up (for the Adopt a Stocking program through the Salvation Army) to try and help with Christmas gifts because money’s tight because my husband’s the only one working now and with all of our extra bills, it’s just hard to provide a good Christmas for them, otherwise they’d only get maybe one or two gifts. It’s the first time I’ve had asked for any help,” said June.
June and Bob have already raised five children of their own and had no qualms about taking in their four grandchildren.
“I would rather raise them than have them in the system because you don’t know where they’re going to go. The system was not an option and that’s exactly what my husband said. He says we are taking them regardless,” said June.
June wants people to think about the consequences of drug abuse.
“People need to realize that they are not only affecting themselves, but they are also affecting their whole family. You know, there’s more than just you involved. If you’ve got kids, your kids are involved. You’re going to lose your kids. They lost their house, they lost everything,” said June.
As for gifts for the four children, anything can help, but specifically, the 10-year-old twins would love to get a Barbie Camper Van, a Ken Doll, some girl Barbies, boy Barbies. Both wear size 6.5 shoes or boots. Bras, size 30; pants, underwear or shirts both size 10/12 and pajamas just to name a few of the items on their wish list. The three-year-old girl would like to get Elsa’s Ice Palace, clothes — size 3t and 4t; shoes — size 11 or boots size 9; underwear — size 3t and pajamas.
The five-year-old boy would like boots — size 11; clothes — size 4t and 5t; underwear — size 4t (boxers); Hot Wheels cars and garage; pajamas; a bean bag chair; and a leap pad.
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