CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The father of three spends all of his time working, but it's still not enough.
He grew up poor and wanted more than anything to provide a good life for his wife and kids. And he was doing just that -- until one of his children got terribly sick.
It didn't take long before the family's financial situation crumbled. The man was forced to leave his job to care for his ill child and eventually was forced to sell his car and their home.
In time, his child recovered. He found another job and immersed himself in work. They were able to find an old house, but it hasn't been lived in for years and needs extensive repairs.
The Salvation Army will help them make the house livable.
But the organization needs funding to be able to provide the family, and others like them, with things like a refrigerator and a washer and dryer.
The father would also love more than anything to provide some joy to his family and give his children, 15, 13 and 10, a nice Christmas.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to providing assistance to those who work hard every day, but still can't afford to live comfortably.
"Right now I feel like a total failure as a husband, a father, and a man, but one thing I know is that with God all things are possible to them that believe," the man said in a letter to The Salvation Army.
Please help the Salvation Army continue their work by 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, go to wvgazette.com and click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo.
Early donations total nearly $2,900
It's only been a couple of days since this year's edition of the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund was announced, but nearly $2,900 from generous donors has already rolled in.
With Thanksgiving coming late this year, the season is shorter than usual. But even if there are fewer days to give, the need is just as great. No amount is too small, and again, the Gazette covers all administrative costs of the fund, so every penny goes to people who need a hand.
Here's a list of the early donors:
Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary E. Ammar, $100
Larry Levak, $100
Susan Williams, in honor of Meg Galaspie, $50