Good morning folks! I hope that you're all doing well and are staying warm!
I know that the holidays are a busy time as we rush around to decorate our warm homes and buy presents for our friends and families. We're going to holiday parties and planning our holiday meals. It's the most wonderful time of the year!
But, what if you don't have a warm home to decorate? Or what if you are struggling to give your children a good Christmas? What if you have to choose between paying bills or having a holiday meal? Not so wonderful, huh?
I was recently made aware of a young, single mother of 2 children, a 10 year old boy and 7 year old girl, who is having a difficult time right now. She works a full time job as a housekeeper and has recently taken a second job to help make ends meet. The children have to go to the part time job and sit in the car as she cannot afford child care. She is struggling to keep her bills caught up. She asked her landlord to postpone the rent payment until after Christmas so that she could buy her children gifts and a holiday meal. He would not do it. Now, she is facing eviction or no Christmas for her kids.
She has not asked anyone for any help. She is trying to do it on her own but is just up against great odds. According to her co-worker who told me her story, you would never know she is having problems. She just doesn't advertise her problems like that.
My heart broke when I heard this story and I immediately started thinking about how I could help her. I have linked up with my friend, RancherGirl, to get this family some help.
We've both had struggles of our own but have over come them and are now abundantly blessed. We were both single mothers at one time or another. And I've had a couple of Christmases when I wasn't sure how I was going to buy gifts for my son, much less food. I immediately knew what we had to do.
In the true spirit of Christmas, I'm launching a "pay it forward" campaign for this lady and her family. We all need a little help from time to time. And I'm asking you, my dear readers, to help bless this family with the gift of a little goodwill this holiday season. They would benefit most from monetary gifts/gift cards but would probably be happy to receive cheerful cards and well wishes too. And prayers are free if you can't give monetarily!
If you would like to help, please send cards/gift cards to:
April c/o Catherine Oakley
Perry, OK 73077
Catherine, my sister, is her co-worker who "nominated" April for this holiday pay it forward gesture. She has agreed to collect the gifts and deliver them to April.
Thank you so much, lovlies.
God Bless us everyone!