Family #192: CLINTON CORNERS, DUTCHESS COUNTY

“I am unemployed due to covid. My job shut down and even if it reopened, I couldn’t work because of remote schooling. Unemployment is only giving me $182 a week which is a huge cut in pay. Recently separated from my fiancé/ father of my two girls and although he does help with some money and food his hours are cut due to covid. He was also recently out of work for about two weeks with pneumonia. I had applied for food stamps and public assistance but they lost a bunch of my paperwork and I now have to start all over again. What I have coming in doesn’t even come close to covering my bills and I’m just trying to stay ahead enough to not have utilities shut off and my kids fed. I have no idea how I will be able to provide Christmas for my children. I have three children ages 5, 7 and 15. Two of my children are autistic and they are all having a hard time not getting the schooling and therapy services that they need. I have multiple health issues: fibromyalgia, IBS, degenerative disk disease and a failed spinal fusion with nerve damage which causes chronic pain, and depression. Life is just so hard for my family right now and I would love to be able to give them a good Christmas”

Child #1: Girl, Age 5, Size 10/12 in shirts and leggings (no jeans), Shoes size 2, she needs sneakers and brown or black boots (she likes the ugg boots style that are wide and can be pulled off and on easily), Twin bed sheets (anything in pink, turquoise, purple), This is my diva girl. She loves makeup, peel off nail polish, scented lotions and purses. She also loves anything unicorn, princesses and rainbows.

Child #2: Girl, Age 7, *autistic*, Size 10/12 in shirts and leggings (no jeans)
Size 3 in sneakers and boots, Favorite color is pink, She likes sensory stuff like kinetic sand and Playdoh but no squishy toys with gel and beads or foam because she will eat it. Dry shampoo and detangler

Child #3: Boy, Age 15, *high functioning autism/Asperger’s*, Mens size Large clothing- needs sweatpants, flannel shirts and solid color long sleeve shirts
Favorite colors are black, grey and red, Socks (wears size 10.5 shoe), Twin bed sheets in tan or grey, Blanket, Razors, Loves xbox

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