CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Diane, age 46, is the mother of four children. Her youngest two, ages 3 and 16, live with Diane while the oldest two are in college and doing well both academically and socially.
Several months ago, Diane left her husband, and although their divorce is not yet final, the circumstances behind why she left have made it inevitable that the marriage can't be saved.
Diane receives some child support and clears about $800 a month from her job, but after paying her mortgage, food, utilities and other expenses, there's nothing left for potential emergencies or car repairs. She would like to take on a second job, but a work-related injury she suffered a few years back left her with physical restrictions that prevent her from doing so.
Diane's car, which she requires to get to and from work, is badly in need of repairs. Although the car is still running, she risks a breakdown if those repairs aren't done soon. Diane's home also needs to be winterized. Her heating bills have increased greatly and will jump even more this winter if the work isn't done.
The estimated cost of the car repairs is $600 and winterizing the home will also cost about $600. Taking care of these two needs would make a major difference in the life of this hard-working mother and her children this holiday season.
Monetary donations for Diane and her family can be made through the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Credit card donations can be made online at wvgazette.com/ChristmasCharities.
To donate items or labor for this family, contact Eddie Carper at Union Mission Ministries at 925-0366, ext. 136.