LIMA — Linda, a single mother, is trying to make ends meet and provide a better Christmas for her four children, but she’s gotten a late start and has turned to the Salvation Army for help.
The single mother missed a lot of work due to health issues and is just getting back to work.
“I wasn’t able to work as much this year as I normally would have in past years because I found that I had thyroid disease — hypothyroidism — and it has drained a lot of my energy,” said Linda (not her real name).
She’s also afflicted with painful spider veins.
“My veins get real puffy, it’s like my legs hurt super bad, like I can’t even walk on them,” said Linda.
Linda was off from her job on medical leave to deal with her health issues until just recently.
“It’s been pretty debilitating. I mean, I’m just now getting back to work now. I’ve been off for like three months,” she said.
She applied for help through the Adopt a Stocking program through the Salvation Army because of the advice of a friend.
Without the Adopt a Stocking program, things might be different for Linda and her children this Christmas.
“It wouldn’t have been a very big one because I just came back to work the week before Thanksgiving,” she said.
Linda says her children need clothing.
“My daughter, she wears size 10/12, my oldest boy he is in a size 12/14, my other ones are in a 7/8 and the baby is in a 4T,” she said.
Besides clothes “they’re into video games, they like bikes, they are really into football and basketball. My little girl, she likes the Minecraft game. My boys are typical boys, they like it all,” she said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.