SPENCERVILLE — Finances are a little tight for Melissa (not her real name) as she gets closer to Christmas.
The single mother of four children has signed up for help through the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Stocking program.
She’s hoping to make this Christmas a bit better for her children.
“I have four kids, ages 11, 9, 6 and 3,” Melissa said. “I go to school full-time for respiratory therapy.”
Her schooling and clinicals are taking time away from working, and that means less money for her children’s Christmas.
“This last quarter, we had class two days a week and clinicals two days a week, so it’s left only one day available to work, and at my job I only get to work from eight to four or eight to noon, so living off a paycheck for one, two days a pay period is pretty hard,” she said.
Without the help of the Salvation Army, the kids wouldn’t have much of a Christmas.
“There really wouldn’t be one. My mom died two years ago, and she was a big help with their Christmas,” she said. “That’s what motivated me to go back to school because I knew if I wanted to get my kids Christmas presents that they would enjoy, I needed a better income.”
So what do the children want for Christmas?
“My oldest, who’s 11 and she’s a girl, just wants new bedsheets. She has a twin size, extra large bed, and also would like women size 7 shoes,” she said. “My son, who’s 9, has a bunk bed, and for the bottom bunk bed, he wants full-size Ohio State sheets and size 6 snow boots. My 6-year-old daughter, she only likes the LOL Surprise dolls, and the youngest, he’s into anything like Paw Patrol and Spider-Man.”
Once Melissa gets back on her feet, she hopes to pay it forward.
“Every year they (the Salvation Army) help so many families, and I hope that one day when I graduate from school, I’ll be able to either adopt a family or at least donate some toys and give back to the organization,” she said.
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