For the past few years, lay-offs and cutbacks have highlighted the evening news as big corporations struggle in today's challenging economy. When you are the sole money-maker in the family, this is devestating to the stability of your home. "Mr. Smith" has always worked hard to support his wife and children so that she can stay home and care for their young ones. This year, that is not the case. Laid off 13 months ago, he has been unable to secure work and they are feeling the pressures this holiday season. "I had to swallow my pride and ask for help," Mr. Smith states," for the sake of my children."
The Smiths have two young children, ages 2 and 4. "Jessica" loves Mickey Mouse and would like to see musical toys under the Christmas tree. "John" enjoys playing with army men and hopes to get a tent for his fort.
The holidays weigh heavy on the budgets of families across the community, even for those of us blessed enough to be secure in our jobs. For the number of individuals unemployed during this time, they can seem impossible.