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Mom wants one day for kids to forget

| December 22, 2010 8:00 PM

This mom asked for help from Press Christmas for All so she could try to give her three kids one day to forget how tough things have been for them lately.

The father of this family left them earlier this year, cleaning out the couple's bank account. The mother, unable to work due to injuries from an automobile crash, was unable to hold onto the family's home.

"We now live in a trailer where the roof is caving in and the windows are thin as a razor blade, some broken," she said.

Her kids, all teenagers, are feeling the stress. They are hurting, she said, because they haven't heard from their father, and they don't know where he is.

"I wish I could buy a tree and lights, and get a roof so my kids don't have to see my books stacked high trying to hold our roof up," she said. "I wish I could buy them presents so for one day they can forget and be happy."

With our readers' assistance, Press Christmas for All works to brighten the holidays for folks like this - people left jobless, homeless or who are barely making ends meet, individuals with disabilities or illnesses. Many are alone this holiday season.

Last year our generous readers' donations allowed us to assist thousands of families in need, and this year we expect to be asked for help from far more.

Each day until Christmas, we will share with you the stories of those whose holiday memories will be a little happier because of Press Christmas for All.

Donations are collected, then distributed in the form of gift cards to Kootenai County residents in need.

Press Christmas for All is a holiday charity now in its 25th year. It is managed as a nonprofit by The Hagadone Corp. Because it is run by volunteers from The Hagadone Corp. and their partners at Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, every penny raised is distributed in the form of gift cards to Shopko and to Super 1 Food Stores. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The cards can be used to buy food and gifts but not alcohol or tobacco products.

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