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How to help a family in need this holiday season with Christmas Connection.
Democrat files

How it works: Our opinion: Help a neighbor in need this holiday season

More: Local single mom turns to community for help as son fights cancer

 

CASE #034 

Man without family recently lost wife of 32 years. 

Details: This man lost his wife of 32 years three months ago and has little income. He has lost weight and is not eating. He does not have any close family members who are able to help him and depended on his wife to take care of him. 

Man, age 78: Pant size male 36-waist, hoodie sweatshirt L, socks L. Suggested gift items: Queen-sized comforter, Walmart gift card. 

CASE #051 

Mother has chronic pain and lives with grown sons. 

Details: 78-year-old woman suffers from lupus and is in constant pain and is limited to her home. She lives with her two sons who assist with her care. She lives off a small Social Security check and would appreciate anything to help with Christmas. 

Critical items: Food. 

Mother, age 78: Bedroom shoes size 10, night gown size XXL. Suggested gift items: Pots and pans, bath towels, wash cloths (dark red or black), toiletries. 

Son, age 44: Pant size 38-waist dress, shirt size 17 1/2-neck dress, bedroom shoes size 10. Suggested gift items: Queen-sized blankets, gospel CD’s. 

Son, age 57: Pant size 36-waist, Shirt size 17-neck dress, bedroom shoes size 10. Suggested gift items: Queen-sized comforter and sheets set. 

CASE #052 

Grandmother diagnosed with Lupus and cancer lives with daughter with Lupus and two granddaughters. 

Details: The parents of this family are in the process of divorcing and need compassion for the holidays. The mother struggles with chronic pain as she fights Lupus. The maternal grandmother lives with the family because of her own Lupus and cancer diagnosis. The eldest child has a seizure disorder, an improperly formed bladder and asthma. The home is in poor repair and the car has transmission problems, which makes it difficult to get to doctor’s appointments. Anything the community can provide would help this family for Christmas. 

Mother, age 41: Sizes not listed. Suggested gift items: bath towels, lawn mower, rugs for inside. 

Daughter, age 10: Pant size 13 junior, shirt size L junior, underwear size 7 women’s, dress size 13 junior, shoe size 8 1/2 women’s wide. Suggested gift items: Bicycle, board game, anything to play with outside. 

Daughter, age 3: Pant size 4T girl’s, shirt size 4T girl’s, underwear size 3-4T girl’s, shoe size 8 or 9 regular toddler’s, dress size 4T girl’s. Suggested gift items: Bicycle, Princess Elena or Paw Patrol toys. 

Grandmother, age 67: No sizes given. Suggested gift items: Pots and pans, gift cards for groceries and other household necessities. 

CASE #072

Family struggles financially with high-risk pregnancy and taking care of niece. 

Details: The mother in this family is having a high-risk pregnancy, was put on bed rest and had to stop working, which is causing severe financial difficulties. The father is still working. They are also taking care of the mother’s niece after the recent death of her sister. 

Critical items: Curtains — beige and 84 x 63, queen- and full-sized navy/grey comforter set blankets, towels, sheets, area rug in a neutral color, a bathroom set, vacuum cleaner, muffin pan, baking set, cookware, eating utensils, handheld mixer. 

Mother, age 29: Pant size 3/4, shirt size S, underwear size 6, shoe size 6, dress size S. Suggested gift items: Clothing, romance novels, gift cards, Lovespell lotion, pajamas, jacket. 

Father, age 29: Pant size 36, shirt size XL, boxer size 36, shoe size 10.5. Suggested gift items: Clothing, knee braces, fishing items, ankle braces, wallet, books. 

Niece, age 3: Pant size 4T, shirt size 4T, underwear panties size, shoe size 8/9 children’s, dress size 4. Suggested gift items: Barbie doll, stethoscope, crayons, coloring books, tricycle, jacket. 

Other member, age 7: Pant size 16 boy’s, shirt size XL, underwear boy’s boxers, shoe size 6.5 children’s. Suggested gift items: Football sports equipment, Thor comforter, Thor decorations, razor scooter. 

Daughter, age 1 month: Pant size 3/6 months, shirt size 3/6 months, underwear size 2 diapers, shoe sized for infants, dress size 3/6 months. Suggested gift items: Children’s learning toys, bottle warmer, stroller, sleepers, socks, swing, jacket. 

CASE #085 

Single father has stable employment but struggles with additional expenses for grown daughter and two sons. 

Details: This single father has stable employment but earns a low income to support his family. He is able to meet his family’s basic needs but there are not funds left over for anything extra. Mother has sporadic involvement with the children and does not pay support. The father values his sons’ education, as evidenced by their consistent school attendance, and his advocacy for education supports one of the boys who has some learning challenges.

Father, age 40: Pant size 34W/36L men’s, shirt size XL men’s, underwear size 34, shoe size 13 men’s. Suggested gift items: Clothing, tool set — socket set and screwdrivers, kerosene heater. 

Daughter, age 22: Pant size 34 waist women’s, shirt size medium in women’s, underwear size medium, shoe size 8. Suggested gift items: Queen-sized sheets and blankets. 

Son, age 10: Pant size 10/12 children’s — khaki uniform style, shirt size 10/12 children’s — color royal/navy/gold uniform style, underwear size 8, shoe size 6. Suggested gift items: Twin-sized sheets, bicycle for a 4′ child. 

Son, age 8: Pant size 10/12 children’s — khaki uniform style, shirt size 10/12 — color royal/navy/gold uniform style, underwear size 8, shoe size 5. Suggested gift items: Clothing, coat size 10/12, bicycle for a 4′ child. 

How to help

Donate in person: Drop off donations at the Centre of Tallahassee (formerly Tallahassee Mall), 2415 N. Monroe St., Suite 650, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Please Do not bring donations to the Democrat.)

Donate online or by mail: Monetary donations can also be made online at TheChristmasConnection.org or donations may be mailed to: P.O. Box 20165, Tallahassee, FL 32316.

Adopt a family: Complete a brief form at the website and a family will be assigned to you by a volunteer adoption specialist.

Host a Christmas Connection holiday party: Gather people from your office, school, church, sports team, family or friends and host a party to benefit our less fortunate neighbors. You can collect gift items, gift cards and/or monetary donations, which can be brought to the site during regular operating hours.

Volunteer: Come by the location during our scheduled hours to donate your time and talents

Most needed items this year: Bikes, gift cards, baby food (all stages) and formula, baby items, disposable diapers (infant/adult), heaters (electric/space), blankets, new clothing (all sizes including extra large, infant to adult), new coats, toiletries and household items and nonperishable foods. Especially protein foods.

 

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