Hello, thank you in advance for taking time out to read my desperate plea for Christmas assistance for my family. I have always been one that practices daily random acts of kindness & giving/gifting any time I am blessed with more than I need. I set that foundation for my 3 son's because "help thy neighbor" or "love thy neighbor" is few and far between these days. Unfortunately, this year my family is on the receiving end instead of the giving end & I stumbled across this page as I was searching the internet for organizations that were still accepting applicants for Christmas assistance. Every number I have called has resulted in me hanging up the phone in tears with the overwhelming feeling of defeat as every program has closed their application process - Salvation Army Angel Tree being the last one I called. In short, My husband of 15 years & the father to our 3 son's was blindsided by basically being forced out of his 13 year head job position that he loved, enjoyed & took great pride in. I had re-enrolled back in the Cosmetology program to finish my 100 hours in order to graduate & start preparing for state boards, so when my husband lost his job we have been left with zero income right here around the holidays. I lost my father unexpectedly in 2006 (he raised me by himself after my mother left us when I was 2 years old), so I do not have extended family I can turn to. We have never qualified for any government assistance because on black & white my husband made too much money, so we know how living paycheck to paycheck feels. My husband & I quit gifting each other once our twins were born prematurely 14 years ago, so my main concern is being able to provide my boys with gifts they can open on Christmas. The unfortnate cards we've been dealt recently shouldn't have a negative impact on my boys & so far we've been able to maintain a positive/perserverance atmosphere, but I am absolutely terrified by the thought of having to tell them that there will be no Christmas this year. My twins are 14 years old who fought for their existence in this world after I ruptured at 22 weeks leaving them without amniotic fluid until delivery at 28 weeks. They both have a diagnosis, but it does not define them & they are living their best life. When the twins were 3 years old I gave birth to their younger brother who has ruled our roost ever since, lol. We are a family of 5 who remain grounded & humble as we have always worked hard for our place in this world. We do not see race, religion, or sexual orientation as we love hard & always treat others the way we want to be treated. It cost absolutely nothing to be a good human, especially during these uncertain times in which we live. If you find it in your heart to help provide a Christmas for my family, I pledge to pay it forward once we get back on our feet. If you are unable to help monetarily, prayers are certainly appreciated. I will forever be grateful. From the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU & may the good Lord continue to bless you!
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