A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS
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
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.
Mom of four works hard
Family No. 80 is a single mom with four kids. Mom works hard at her job to pay the bills, and even with child support and food stamps barely gets by. Although 15-year-old Addy is past the 14-year-old cut off for Christmas Adopt a Family, she still hopes her sisters and brother will still have a nice Christmas. Thirteen-year -old Paige likes the Twiglight series-DVDs, and would like the Flat Iron CD. Five-year-old Chase likes Spongebob and Horses, and 4-year-old Kaitlyn likes Princess or learning toys.
Family of four needs help
Family No. 79 is a married couple with two kids. Dad works, and mom is a stay at home mom for now. Seven-year-old Ashley likes to play with Pony’s, would love a kitchen play set, or Book of Princesses. 9 month old Katie needs music game-Playskook, or her mommy asks for a talking baby or a eating/feeding baby set.
Single mom makes minimum wage
Family No. 77 is a single mom of mom working hard at her minimum wage paying job. She is hoping someone might adopt her 6-year-old daughter for Christmas this year. Betsy likes Barbies, painting, and is hoping to have a new bike to ride in the spring.
DAD on SS, mom works part time
Family No. 76 is a married couple with one daughter. Dad is receiving Social Security income, and mom has a part time job. Their income, along with some government assistance, covers the bare essentials. Mom and Dad are hoping 4-year-old Kay can have a nice Christmas with your help. She is asking Santa for Lego’s or dolls.
Single mom on disability
Family No. 78 is a single mom with three kids. Mom receives disability income, and manages to get by with her income and food stamps. 8-year-old Jackie is hoping to find an Easy Bake Oven under the tree, or a Barbie horse set. Seven-year-old Josh is asking for a remote control car, Nerf toys, or a skateboard. And 2-year-old Chloe likes playing with dolls and doll houses and really likes Elmo learning toys.
Single dad can’t find work
Family 74 is a single father who is having trouble finding work. He doesn’t know how much Christmas Nicole will have if he doesn’t find work. He just got custody of his daughter from his mother due to a difficult situation there. Nicole is hoping to find an art set, a Taylor Swift CD or any clothes that might help her through the holidays.
Family lives in camper
Family 73 is a single mother with three children. She has been trying to get disability for two years now. They live in a camper and she has not been able to provide birthday presents or Christmas presents for the last 3 years. Her children have grown out of most of their clothing. She wishes she could do something about that, but for now, they make do. Michael is 12 years old and hopes to find a remote control Jeep or car for Christmas. Susan is 14 years old and wishes that she could have some make up or a purse. Although John who is 17, knows Christmas is for his younger siblings, his mom hopes that Santa might bring him something too such as tools and clothes.
Mom of two loses job
Family 72 is couple that has been separated for awhile but have recently begun counseling. It has been a really difficult time for their two children. Mom lost her job in August and since that time things have gone down hill financially. Mom and Dad really want the children to have a blessed Christmas. Joshua is 10 and hopes Santa brings him the Avengers movie, a larger size Nerf Gun, and anything Tony Hawk. Molly is 6 and hopes that she sees under the Christmas tree coloring stuff, JC Penny toys real newborn baby doll and a Justin Bieber Bed Set.
Couple looks for work all year
Family 71 is a couple living with their father in law in order to try and make ends meet. Both have been looking for work all year. They turn in pop cans so that they have gas money to go job searching. The children are too young to understand money problems and mom and dad really want them to experience Christmas joy. Anna is 9 years old. She really wants a Barbie doll or Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DSI game. Mathew is 8 and would love to have a skate board or Nintendo DSI games. Molly is 6. She hopes Santa will bring her dress up clothes and Barbies.
Single mom has surgery, can’t work
Family 70 is a single mom with two kids, who had surgery and has not been able to work. She feels really hopeless because she can not provide the type of Christmas her children really deserve. She hopes that someone will look after her and the children this Christmas season. Laura is 13. She hopes that someone will provide gifts that she can love. Daniel is 18 and knows that Christmas is for the younger ones but hopes that Santa might bring him something too.
Single mom suffers severe illness
Family 75 is single mom with two children, one of whom is a young adult. Mom became very ill in February. This illness made it impossible for her to work and she had to quit. Her son was getting in trouble and she found she needed to stay home with him and take care of him full time. Mom just wants her son to experience a little bit of Christmas happiness. Jonathon is 13. He really hopes that Santa might bring him an I-Pod.
Single mom on disability
Family No. 87 is a single mom with 3 kids who receives disability income. She is grateful to receive food stamps and Section 8 housing to help her out. Fourteen-year-old Leann is hoping for a monopoly game. She enjoys arts and crafts, and her favorite color is purple. Thirteen-year-old Mark is asking for Spiderman stuff, an Uno game, and his favorite color is blue. 9-year-old Laura likes Hello Kitty, Angry Birds, and is hoping for a Scrabble game. She likes pink.
Single mom unemployed
Family No. 90 is single mom raising 1 son. She is not working currently, and barely gets by on her child support and food stamps. She is hoping for a little help for her son to have a good Christmas. Nine-year-old Allen is asking for match box cars, any kind of action figures, and likes to read (books for 9-12-year-olds).