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Formerly homeless family struggles to hang on

| November 27, 2010 8:00 PM

This couple and their four young children are grateful they are no longer homeless.

Last year at this time they had nowhere to live, but through hard work the pair pulled the family out of it. They were able to move once again, into a place of their own.

Now they are struggling to hold on to it.

Shortly after the family moved into their new home, the mom was injured in an automobile accident. The crash totaled their vehicle, and left the mom unable to work.

Without her income, things are becoming increasingly difficult for the family again.

"We have a lot of challenges to face, and our children truly deserve a good Christmas," the mom said.

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've been asked to help far more. We can't do it without you.

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 Fred Meyer and to Super 1 Food Stores. The cards can be used to buy food and gifts but not alcohol or tobacco products. All contributions are tax deductible.

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