LIMA — Before the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah didn’t have much. Months later, she and her family has even less.
She had been working in the kitchen of a local eatery back in the spring. The job had paid the bills and kept the family afloat as her husband, Mike, fought cancer, but today, that’s not the case. Like many others in the community, she had been let go as the region faced economic hardships.
Now, she doesn’t even have time to go back to work if she could find a job because she has to take care of her grandchildren, who the couple now have custody of. According to Sarah, her son isn’t involved in the day-to-day raising of his children, and the mother is dealing with drug issues.
So she and her husband took custody of the two kids to provide them a more stable home than what they could have. There weren’t many other options as the family support others can turn to just isn’t available to them.
“It’s really weighing on me. I have the kids 24/7. We don’t get a break from them, and my husband is sick on top of everything. It’s been overwhelming,” she said.
Just this last week, Sarah said Mike needed to go to the hospital on three different occasions after he woke up in excruciating pain.
“It’s rough,” she said. “Honestly, just talking about it wants to make me cry.”
As for the holidays, she’s hoping she can get a least some support from the larger community to ensure her grandchildren can have a good Christmas.
Her 3-year-old grandson Adam likes superheroes (Captain America, Spiderman, The Flash) and cars, and her 5-year-old granddaughter Ariana likes L.O.L. Surprise! and Baby Alive dolls.
The two could also use clothing. Ariana is a size 5-6T and wears size 11.5 children’s shoes. Adam can wear 5T, and his shoe size is close to 11 in children’s sizing.
“It’s like we’re alone here, and we don’t have anyone to turn to. I was honestly ready to say screw Thanksgiving, and that’s the mood I’m in. But I got my grandbabies,” she said.
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