LIMA — Amanda is a single mom with a son who has Attention Deficit Disorder and she often has to take off work to care for him.
She recently started a part-time job in retail, but it is hard to find a babysitter for her 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter, so it’s hard to keep a job.
Tyrone goes to school where he has a speech therapist and sees a psychiatrist to help with behavioral issues and it is hard for him to concentrate in school.
“He is a good big brother to his little sister, and I take him to my relatives when I go to work,” Amanda said.
Both of her children just had birthdays in November so buying them presents and cake for that on top of Christmas and paying bills is hard, according to Amanda.
Tyrone has an SSI check that comes each month he has received for the past year for his ADD that helps buy the basics and nothing extra.
Tyrone likes basketballs, Spider Man, Paw Patrol, games and computer tablets. He loves music to help him calm down and listens to children’s music.
His clothing size is a 4T with an 11 children’s shoe size.
A new crib is needed for his sister Amy instead of the Pack ‘n Play that has a hole in it. Her clothing size is 18 months and has a 5 children’s shoe size.
The family could use help with cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and fabric softener, money for bills and dressers for both kids. Tyrone and his sister use plastic drawers for their things now. The children also could use beds, as both currently sleep on futons.
“They could use clothing and shoes because it’s hard to get those things for them and me,” Amanda said. Their home is decorated with hand-me-down decor from her mother, and Amanda is one of eight siblings. She also has a table that is a family heirloom of her grandmother’s who died a few years back that she says make their two-bedroom home feel more comfortable.
Christmas is a special time for the family when they spend the day with Amanda’s mom and bring a dish to share.
“I would be grateful for the help and cried tears when I got the call we would get help,” Amanda said. She said the community is helpful and she is thankful for the Heartbeat program that helped her when she was pregnant and she took parenting classes.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.