LIMA — It will be the first Christmas Lima resident Sarah and her 5-year old daughter Tyra will celebrate Christmas without their father and grandfather.
Sara’s father, George, was 67 when he died Oct. 1 after a stroke. Sara’s mother died July 1, 2018, of a heart attack.
Sara wants her daughter to have a good Christmas and is seeking assistance from the community through the Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking program.
Sarah, 23, was her father’s caregiver for 14 months before he died. She also took care of her daughter while she was caring for her father.
George had two strokes June 23, 2018, in the front and back of his head. He got a feeding tube and was in the hospital for two months, a nursing home for another two months and then returned home.
In December 2018, he had another stroke and was transferred to a Toledo hospital where the arteries in his neck were unclogged.
“My dad was the most awesome father and grandfather and did everything for my mom,” Sara said.
Sarah’s daughter Tyra, who has curly red hair and a bright smile, likes JoJo items, Barbies, babies, LOL toys and anything “girly.” She wears size 6 clothing and size 12 boots and shoes. She also has cats and likes anything with cats. She likes to read books and likes coloring books.
Sarah is unemployed and has been trying to find a job since her mother died. Sara and her daughter had to move last month, and she said there have been a lot of changes in a short period of time.
“Christmas was always a special time with my parents and we would get in trouble for trying to touch the presents and guess what was in them,” Sarah said with a smile.
Sara and her daughter like to go see Christmas lights together, driving around looking at lights, watching Christmas movies and baking.
Tyra likes the movies “Frosty The Snowman” “Rudolph” and “Elf.”
Her mother described Tyra as outgoing and said her little redheaded temper gets her sometimes, Sara joked.
“It’s been a rough couple of years for my daughter, and she deserved a good Christmas,” Sara said.
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