LIMA — Darryl and Diane are hoping for some additional help from the Salvation Army through the Adopt a Stocking program.
Darryl and his girlfriend are raising two sons and an adult daughter.
The daughter, Beth, was hurt in a car accident and her medical bills are causing financial problems for the family.
“She’s not been able to work, and it has caused some problems because her income made a big difference in the house and I’m on a fixed income,” said Darryl. “We mostly struggle on buying food because we have to take out of pocket to buy food instead of using all their money at one time like when our bills come out.”
The injuries Beth suffered go beyond the physical.
“She broke her back in six different places. She still has nightmares, flashbacks, you know, stuff like that. She doesn’t want to drive in other vehicles,” said Diane.
The big need Darryl and Diane have is to provide new school uniforms for the two boys, one who is 9, the other 7.
“That’s like ten pairs of pants, ten shirts with both of them together,” said Darryl.
They could use size 10 and size 8 pants and shirts.
Darryl is thankful that the Salvation Army is making assistance available to local families, like his.
“I feel that if you need it, then you can go get it. But if you don’t need it, then don’t go get it,” he said.
Diane is more reluctant to accept the assistance from the Salvation Army.
“I feel that there’s more people out there that are in a worse off or need more than what we do,” said Diane. “We have a roof over our head. We have food in our stomach and our bills are paid. There’s a lot of people out there that don’t have a roof over their head, their bills aren’t paid. They’re struggling worse than we are. It’s just my thing that I don’t think that we need it as much as someone else would need it.”
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