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Family seeks help from Charleston charity after tragedies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some families struggle to rebound after a tragedy. That's why Union Mission Ministries wants to provide them with something to fall back on.

Carol Hilleary, family services director for Union Mission, said one woman's story is similar to others in Charleston who have turned to her organization for help.

Jamie was overwhelmed by the sudden death of her young daughter when her grief-stricken husband apparently committed suicide, Hilleary said. The Charleston woman had to remove him from life support after several overwhelming days at the hospital. To make matters worse, Hilleary said, Jamie's adult son lost his house in a fire. Her son moved in with her after his wife left him, and his two young daughters moved in shortly after that.

Jamie is now struggling to help take care of her family. Her house has fallen into costly disrepair with the winter months coming, Hilleary said.

The house needs several custom-sized windows replaced, costing about $500 each. Jamie needs a couple of beds for her grandchildren, which cost about $400 total. The family has turned to Union Mission's thrift store, on South Park Road in Charleston, to replace clothing and furniture lost in the fire.

They are still in need of more winter clothing, household cleaning items and food, Hilleary said.

Union Mission Ministries wants to help Jamie's family this Christmas. To support them, please consider donating to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund.

When you make a donation to the Gazette Charities Fund, every penny goes to the agencies and people who need help.

The Gazette covers the administrative costs of the fund. All donations to Gazette Charities are tax-deductible. To donate online, click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo on this website.


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