CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After John was injured and lost his job a few months ago, he's struggled to make rent payments and buy food for his family of four.
John and his wife, Laura, won't have any extra money to buy gifts for their two young children this Christmas. Their daughter also won't have any cake or gifts when she celebrates her 8th birthday Sunday.
John has asked for government assistance in paying his electricity bill during the winter months and for supplements to buy groceries every month. So far the request hasn't been approved.
The family's overdue bills are moving to termination and their refrigerator and cupboards are becoming bare. The Salvation Army in Charleston has been helping the family.
The parents want to give their 9-year-old son what he wants from Santa: building blocks, toy cars and action figures. Their little girl wants dolls, stuffed animals and a My Little Pony.
The family is asking for any amount of money to help them buy their children what they want for Christmas and to buy food and clothing.
To help cases like John and Laura and their children, consider making a donation to the Gazette Charities Fund.
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To donate online, go to wvgazette.com and click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo.Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.