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Mother Finds Value in Safety and Simple ThingsPosted Friday, December 3, 2010, at 10:08 AM
Abby has lived with her two boys, ages 3 and 7, in a home with domestic violence for 6 years. Afraid of living alone and the consequences of seeking out help, she struggled to protect her two little boys from the anger that she endured in her daily life. Finding the strength to move forward and seeking protection in a safe house took courage and strength. Today, Abby, Kevin, and Troy live independently with no assistance from their father. Though they struggle to make ends meet, their lives are lived in peace. Abby states, "Money is money, bills will always be there, but our safety is priceless."
Kevin would like a Lego set and enjoys the movie "Cars". Troy's favorite movie is Toy Story and he wishes for a remote control car under the Christmas tree.
Christmas for the Elderly
Living with Polio has put Ms. M in a wheelchair with limited use of her hands and feet and no mobility. She lives on a tight budget, with Social Security as her only means of income. Medical costs and home health care have made the holidays grim for her, with no extra money to buy the things we take for granted every day. Ms. M would like a warming blanket to provide warmth and comfort, knee socks, and gift cards to Walmart or Schnucks to cover the cost of medicine and groceries. Simple things to make life more comfortable can make a big difference to this wonderful lady.
Names have been changed to protect applicants privacy.
Toybox: Delivering joy, one child at a time
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I am a teacher, a wife, and an avid "sports mom" to two wonderful boys. A native of Cape Girardeau; I currently teach at Cape Central Junior High School. As an educator, I see first hand the needs of families in our community during the holiday season. This is my sixth year as the Coordinator for the Jaycee Toybox project. I look forward to Toybox every year and have made it a tradition in my family as a means to give back during the holidays!
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