LIMA — Mary is a mother of four children and they’re trying hard to be positive as they approach Christmas. But there’s little to be positive about.
“Back in February, my mom passed away. In September, after 13 years (of marriage), my husband decided to leave. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years,” Mary said. Names have been changed for this story.
On top of that, she’s had some health issues.
“I was in a bad car accident and it messed up my feet. I’ve had several surgeries on them so it’s been hard for me to work long hours because it hurts. I am working on a third surgery,” Mary said.
She’s hoping that through the Adopt a Stocking program, she can have a better Christmas for her children.
“Every year we’ve always had some type of something even with the husband present, but with him not being around I don’t know what they’ll have this year with me unable to work at the moment. Just to be able to see their smiles, to see something makes a big difference,” Mary said.
Her four children, Jack, 13; Angel, 10; Matt, 8 and Brett, 7, are in need of clothing and toys.
“I know my oldest son has a 34/30 maybe a 36 men’s pants and he wears extra-large T-shirts. My daughter is like a nine or a 10 in women’s pants and wears a large shirt. My one son is a 14/16 pants and (wears) a kid 2x shirt. The littlest one, he’s in a 10/12 shirt. He wears 14/16 in pants,” Mary said.
Mary says she’s thankful that the Salvation Army is so generous to families in need.
“I think it’s wonderful. I feel like for just anybody that you know, it gives somebody hope and I feel everybody deserves a second chance for a break. The most important thing is they’re putting smiles on children’s faces. It makes a difference when they get older, and I just feel that it’s very helpful and it’s definitely a blessing,” Mary said.
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