LIMA — For Kathy and her 5-year-old daughter Jamie, it’s been a rough few months.
“I moved back here a couple of years ago, and it’s been a struggle since I left my daughter’s dad who was a very, very abusive alcoholic. I’ve suffered broken bones. I’ve suffered bloody noses, you name it, I’ve been through it,” Kathy said. Names have been changed for this story.
Kathy recently heard about the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Stocking program and felt this was a way she could help her daughter have a decent Christmas.
“She has autism and we’re trying to figure out where she is at on the spectrum. She’s actually a runner. About a week ago, I had the police bring her back yet a second time for me because she’s gotten out and taken off on me,” Kathy said.
It’s been difficult for Kathy to find employment that’s flexible enough for her to watch her daughter.
“I’m a certified nursing assistant and it’s hard for me to even keep a job knowing that she’s out here and she’s a runner so I can’t even send her to regular schools or anything like that anymore because I’m so worried sick. If she can get out of my apartment while I’m simply taking a shower getting ready to go to work, then what can happen when she’s actually not being watched by myself?” Kathy said.
Jamie is in need of clothes. She is big for her age, wearing size 2 shoes and boots. She wears 14/16 pants and 16 or 18 shirts.
“Honestly, you guys are one of the biggest blessings. You guys truly are because there’s people out there that have it worse off than I do and to know that there’s people out there like you guys that care and that can reach out and help people that are pretty much limited to everything is just beyond me. It really pulls at my heartstrings because it lets me know that you know God is there and he does recognize,” Kathy said.
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