Hard-working single mom asks for help with children's gifts

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A full-time certified nurse's aide and single mom, Theresa finds it hard to supply her four children with the toys they'd like to have for Christmas. She doesn't depend on any public assistance even though it's difficult to meet the needs of a growing family.

Theresa rents the apartment her family lives in because it isn't possible to save for a home right now. Her income is spent on putting food on the table for five, making car payments so she has reliable transportation to work, day care and rent. She hopes for homeownership in the future but right now it's not an option.

There are four children in the household who are anxiously awaiting Christmas, the presents and time off from school to play with them.

Calvin, 12, has given up asking his mom for the PS2 Tony Hawk American game, but Theresa has not forgotten. There are other toys on his list: a portable CD player, scooter or Video Now in color.

Gina, is an energetic 10-year-old who would also enjoy a scooter. Her list includes a karaoke guitar -- an at item that could be shared and enjoyed by the whole family. The Mall Madness board game would keep her occupied at home during Christmas vacation.

Tisha anxiously awaits Santa to bring her some dress-up clothes, a Barbie doll head so she can fix Barbie's hair and Leap Frog's My First LeapPad Alphabet Bus. Educational toys suitable for 4-year-old Tisha would give Theresa the opportunity to promote learning during the limited time she has to spend with her little girl.

Linda is only 3 and hopes Santa will bring her a Barbie doll head, too. She would love a Dora the Explorer talking kitchen and books. Theresa would like to have the same Leap Frog alphabet bus for Linda so the girls don't fight.

For those interested in contributing to the Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly campaigns, new toys and gifts may be delivered to the Southeast Missourian office or area locations. Cash contributions are also welcome. All contributions are tax-deductible and may be mailed separately to Toybox Trust, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004, or Christmas for the Elderly, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004.

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