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November 22, 2012

Families available for 'adoption' this holiday

GOSHEN — Each year, the Goshen Salvation Army helps hundreds of local families with food during the holidays and gifts for children. Families submit applications for help, which are processed by the Salvation Army staff. If they meet certain financial criteria, the SA attempts to have the family “adopted” by another local family, business or service group. The following families are in need of adoption this year. For more information call 533-9584. The website is www.usc.salvationarmy.org/goshen

Families

Mom looking for work

Family No. 89 is a single mother as a result of her husband’s incarceration. Mom is looking for work, and is grateful for the support she receives from her family. Christmas looks to be rather bleak for these two boys without the kindness of strangers offering to help out. 14-year-old Austin is hoping to find a hoodie, size large, winter boots size 11, or Ax body spray under the Christmas tree. Eight-year-old Dylan hopes that Santa might bring him “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” books, winter boots size 4, or a medium sized hoodie.

 

Not enough work to pay bills

Family No. 88 is a married couple working hard to make ends meet. Dad is self employed as a handyman, and not enough work to pay the bills. They are asking for a little help for a brighter Christmas for their 3 kids. Twelve-year-old Henry loves soccer, and hopes that he might get a soccer ball or a remote control car. Nine-year-old Ariel loves Monster-High colls and any Monster-High stuff. Five-year-old Ethan is asking Santa for floor puzzles, cars, or a telescope.

 

Single mom needs help

Family No. 86 is a single mom on a fixed Social Security income. Mom is sad that she has nothing extra left for her 10-year-old son after paying the bills every month. Nicholas is hoping for a Nerf gun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Transformers to be under the tree on Christmas morning.

 

Single mom in college

Family No. 85 is a single mom of two and is a full time college student in a very taxing educational program. Fourteen-year-old Megan is hoping for Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood cd’s for Christmas, headphones, or Cherry Vanilla perfume (at Walmart).

 

Nothing left for Christmas

Family No. 84 is a single mom working hard to raise her two kids. There is nothing left for Christmas after paying rent and bills. Nine-year-old Bailey likes Hello Kitty, and would be really excited for Santa to bring her a scooter. Two-year-old Judy would love to have a Dora doll, or a bicycle.

 

Mom of five is laid off

Family No. 83 is a single mom with five kids, who was laid off and is drawing unemployment. It’s been a rough year for mom since losing her job. Ten-year-old Kasey is hoping for a Barbie light up castle, a Twister game, or Fijit Newbies, while 9-year-old Evelyn would really like and art kit or a Barbie Beach House. Seven-year-old Carson likes to play with Air Hogs, and hopes Santa might bring him a Nana Speed Track, Spy Net 2 Spy Gear, or an Angry Birds Watch. Four-year-old Karen is asking Santa for a Barbie Cruise Ship, a Rapunzel Doll 2, or a horse. And Mommy thinks baby sister 1 year old Linda would like a little mommy baby doll or a Leapfrog guitar.

 

Dad can’t find work

Family No. 82 is a married couple with 3 kids. Mom is back to work after a short maternity leave this fall, and Dad has been unable to find work. The wish list for this family is simple: 7-year-old Carrie likes Barbies, art sets, hair ties and headbands, and books. 6-year-old Jason would like a chalk board, a skate board, anything Spiderman, or books. 3-month-old Nate needs baby toys or a walker his mommy says.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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