LIMA — Despite a challenging year, Homer and Jackie are hoping to provide a good Christmas for their two daughters. They don’t have much to work with.
The two are currently surviving on supplemental security income because of ongoing health problems affecting their mobility, which hampers their ability to find work and a larger paycheck.
“By the time we pay all our bills, we don’t have money to get the kids a Christmas,” Homer said.
The lack of funds have created something over a poverty loop over the last few years for the family. Without a solid income, they’ve had to cut back on other things while they try to provide what’s necessary for their kids – both of whom have their own special needs. Their 4-year-old has been diagnosed with ADHD and autism and will be heading to Marimor when she starts school, and their youngest 1-year-old had to wear a special helmet that helped shape her head as she developed.
The additional doctor’s visits have required a working vehicle, but their lack of savings have made it difficult to find something reliable. Homer said they family has bought seven different heavily-used cars just in the last five years because they haven’t been able to save anything. Costly vehicle repairs have only complicated the matter.
To get by at all, they’ve had to rely on a lot of older and used items, and any additional spending has been off the table. Homer’s looking to change that when his knee heals up so he can find a job that is able to provide a little more.
The year has also been complicated by a fair share of deaths in the wider family. In total, this year saw the death of four grandparents between Homer and Jackie as well as the overdose of a cousin and an aunt’s death.
“It all happened back to back to back to back,” Homer said.
For the holiday season, Homer said he’d like to be able to provide a good Christmas for his daughters. With such a tight budget, it’s been hard to imagine that the family could provide anything substantial with all the other necessary bills coming in.
“They’re into baby dolls, baby houses, power wheels. As long as its girly, they like it,” he said. “Chey likes playing with what her sister plays with even though she’s a year and a half.”
The kids could also use winter clothes. Shoe sizes are 9 (in children sizes) for the older girl and 6 for the younger. As for clothes sizing, one is a children’s size 6, and the other wears a 5T.
“We just want the kids to have a good Christmas,” Homer said.
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