Christmas Wish Program

December 20, 2013

Trying to keep our spirits up

Dear Review,

We recently moved in March from Harrison to Clare, my 2 sons and I, after separating from my husband, I had been employed up until November 2013. When I lost my job, which has caused me to be late in rent for November and now December, they will start the eviction notice at Briarwood on December 7, 2013.

I’ve put in a total of 15 job applications, interviewed twice, my oldest son (24) has done the same with no success also, my youngest son (18) still in school (11th grade) has been having issues with migraines and I’ve been having to take him to Midland and Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant for doctor appointments, in a car that sounds like it could die any day.

But I’ve been trying to keep all our spirits up with hopes of having at least 1 gift for them at Christmas and not being evicted, I’ve called all the area help centers to see about rental help, one only helps once a year, they helped with car repairs in May, which we’re thankful for, and the other has no funding.  I will be sending an application to DHS for state emergency relief to see if they can help at all. If not we’ll have to store everything using the Cavalier as a truck and hope to find a place to go. But I’d really like to be able to get them a few items for Christmas, I’m not sure if we’ll have a tree to celebrate with, but I’d like to keep that part of their life and experience normal. Thank you.



Needing some help with Christmas

Dear Mike,

Hi, I have 2 amazing children, my daughter is 2 and my son is 1. We live with my sister and my mom and we really need help with Christmas this year because my mom is our only income, she works at McDonalds and is only making $300 a month to support all of us. The kids dad is not around because I have a PPO on him for 2 counts of hitting me and threatening to kill me. He also called protective services on us, so for Christmas this year what I would really like is to get toys and clothes for my children so they can have a good year and a new comforter set for all of our beds to keep us warm.

And new carpet for our house because protective services said we have to get new carpet or get rid of ours but I don’t want my kids to play on cement floors, it’s too cold if not new carpet maybe a vacuum and steam cleaner to clean what we have and keep it clean, it’s hard to do with a broom.

Maybe cat and dog food or pots and pans to cook with or anything you could do would be great as long as my kids get something and also some help getting my mom insurance and tags for her van they expire on the 31st and it is our only means of transportation, she only made $7,000 all together this year. I signed up for cash assistance but it won’t kick in for 20 days and I feel extremely helpless I wish I didn’t need this help, I’m enrolling in college because I want to be able to provide for my children and eventually be able to help other people someday.

I know this is a lot to ask on short notice but even one present a piece would help, I hope you all have a very nice holiday season.

Thank you for any help you can give us

In bad shape this year

Dear Mike,
I am writing because my family is in very bad shape this year, I have been out of work for almost 3 years. We are in desperate need of help this holiday season. I am currently on unemployment and trying to make ends meet but I am unable to make things work.

I have fallen behind on my land contract and property taxes and am about to lose our home. We are unable to buy propane, Christmas gifts or catch up on my house payments and keep the lights on. We are in desperate need of help and I have nowhere else to turn to.

If there is any way that someone could find it in their hearts to help I would be forever grateful. I am trying to come up with $1500 for house payments and taxes and $430 for propane and whatever help we could get for Christmas.

I also have custody of my granddaughter while his mother is away at college trying to make a better life for him and her children.

Thank you


Clothes for my son

Dear Mike,

I have a family of 3 and in need of some clothing for my 14 year old son but don’t have the funds to do it. I also need extra food because we get little. Please help me and my family, I am not asking for much I just want clothing size 14 for my son, he’s 14 years old and doesn’t have much to wear. His father and I don’t want much. We want him to have good and warm clothing for school. Please help my son.

Thanks so much


Need some help finding housing

Dear Mike,

I am a mother of 6 children but only 5 live with me. I work as much as I can to provide for my family. Back in September I lost my house and couldn’t get any help to try and keep it. We have been living with my fiancé’s mother ever since. Mind you her home is just a small 2 bedroom trailer, really not enough space for all of us.

I’m in desperate need of finding a home and help with deposit and 1st month rent. I’ve been trying my darnedest to find something but even when I do find something I can’t come up with a big lump sum. My fiancé’s mother wants us out asap and I don’t want my family on the streets. If you could help it would be greatly appreciated and the best Christmas present ever.

Thank you


I don’t usually ask for help

To the wonderful people with the Christmas spirit,
First, Merry Christmas and thank you. Normally I am the helper person but this year one thing after another puts my husband and I in the spot of asking for help.

I debated and rethought many times what to write and since you may be reading many of these letters and we all feel we have a major need I will make it to the point.

We need help with paying to keep the electric on and to pay the gas bill for heat, for the winter. Thank you for your consideration.


Help for a friend

Dear Mike,

I am writing you in hopes of helping a family in desperate need right now, not sure when the Christmas Giveaway ends and I pray I’m not too late. A very dear friend of mine was just diagnosed with Acute Retinal Necrosis, only the second case ever seen in the U.S. Suddenly his vision went all gray so he went for an eye exam and this is when they found the issues so he has been off work, travelling to and from Lansing Sparrow Hospital and a specialist at Cleveland, Ohio.

His wife is disabled but was never able to get disability. She is a severe diabetic with a long line of other health issues including spinal issues and suffers pain herself. My husband and I paid their cell phone bill so they didn’t get that shut off because we felt having a phone was important but have no other money or means to help any more at this time. I asked her this morning what would be the best gift right now besides her husband being able to see again someday, gas cards to help with their travels would be next on her list. Please help.


Not asking for much

Dear Mike,
I’m recently married and have a two month old, we are running low on money and high on bills. I currently work but make next to nothing after a few bills are paid. We have no money for insurance on our vehicle and that’s my ride to work. My Christmas wish is to make it a good Christmas for my wife and beautiful baby boy.

I hope to receive a little money or just presents. Anything at all of any sort will help enormously. Thank you for your time and have a great day. Merry Christmas!


 Any help will be appreciated

Dear Mike,

I live in Marion, Michigan. I’m happily married and have four beautiful children. My oldest is 10, then I have a 9 year old, a 6 year old and a 1 year old. I am writing in for help with the Christmas program. My situation is hard for me to write about , it’s still so raw and fresh that I put off writing for help, but our situation is dire. My youngest was born on 3/27/12, normal delivery, all was well. The hospital kept him for four days because of a heart murmur. On day four his heart began to fail, we were immediately sent to Devos Children’s Hospital, where our lives were forever changed. My son was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, his left ventricle was non developed. He was then transferred to Mott in Ann Arbor, where we learned the only hope for him was 3 risky open heart surgeries. He had his first at 9 days old, he recovered well, came home 11 days later with an ng tube.

All was wonderful. Two months later my 2 year old was struck and killed by a visitor who left my house unexpectedly. He died in front of all of us. My family has had a very difficult time since his passing. My community stepped forward and helped a lot with his funeral, but the baby has since had 2 more open heart surgeries, countless heart caths, and procedures all of which in Ann Arbor. He will require another open heart surgery in about six months. My husband and I are drowning in debt. Our car is in horrible shape, with all the Ann Arbor trips I am scared it is going to break down. Any help my family can get will be appreciated so much. I also don’t think I can provide much of a Christmas for my children this year, with all they have been through I would love to see them happy. I understand the demand of people is so high. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



Christmas wishes

Dear Mike,

I am married and have four kids that live at home. We have 2 girls that are 14, boys 15 and we have a 17 year old girl. They all go to Clare schools. I work full-time. My 17 year old is in high school taking college classes while in school and after school she works to help the family. My husband is unable to work due to being disabled and the youngest 14 year old is also disabled.

We go to Ann Arbor anywhere from once a month to two times a month with the trips to Ann Arbor and paying bills it is hard to have Christmas. We don’t get help from the state; they say we make too much to get food stamps.
My wish would be that my kids have a nice Christmas, get help with food and wood for the wood stove for heat. We have wood for next year that people gave us but not good until then. I take my son after work and he gets out of school to state land to cut down and dead but it is really hard.



Please help our family, thank you

Falling behind

To whom it may concern,
I just received your newspaper clipping about a Christmas wish. I don’t like asking for a hand out but I could use a little financial help. You see back in October 20, 2010 we lost our home to a fire (insurance wouldn’t pay). Twelve days later, November 1, 2010 I lost my mom. Then on January 31, 2011 I lost my husband of 35 years.

The last three years have been financially struggled. No one was there for me. I got stuck paying for funeral expenses, also paying on a truck that needs repairs. I never got any money from homeowners insurance! I lost my property to back tax sale. I lost my SSI for 6 months last year because of the property. Almost got evicted from apartment due to loss of my SSI.

I have my mom’s car. Lately the car needs repairs. Every month I have to put money in for repairs, nickels and dimes me to death. I don’t get a lot of money and I do need a vehicle to get back and forth to the doctor’s office.

I’m supposed to be paying on a truck (husband took out a loan before he passed away). But since the car needs repairs I don’t have the money to pay the truck payment. Once again no Christmas for me. I feel so helpless.

I don’t know if you can help me or not. Any help would be surely appreciated. Thank you



Working hard but still need some help

Dear Mike,

I am writing to you because I need some help with a bill and food. I work two jobs to take care of my family. I would not ask for help if I didn’t need it. DHS will not help me with food. I work day and night with no days off and I still just make enough to pay my house payment and some bills and still buy my boyfriend his meds he needs, there are three of us in the house.

It’s been hard this year, my boyfriend lost his job 3 years ago due to being sick and my brother passed away in June. The one thing I can say that has been good this year is my son coming back home to me after not having him for 8 years. I don’t like asking for help but they need to eat and be warm. I thank God every day for what we have. But if you would please help me, like I said before I don’t like asking but my family needs it. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year



Wish for a friend

Dear Mike,
I am not writing for myself. I am writing for my neighbor and friend. She lives behind us in a trailer and has 2 little children; a 7 year old and a 7 month old. Her husband recently got work as a truck driver over the road and is gone for 3 weeks at a time, and she works 2 days a week in Midland at a grocery store. So finances are super tight. We would help her but we financially can’t as our budget won’t allow it. She has no idea I am writing you about this.

My wish for her is that she could get 200 gallons of propane in her tank so she could have heat without running electric heaters. She has been turned down by DHS. I realize you have gotten so many requests, but this is a true need and would be very much appreciated. If you could see a way to do this I would be terribly grateful.

Have a Very Merry Christmas



Hoping to give my kids a Christmas

Dear Mike,

I am on social security, widows pay and SSI. It isn’t much. I am also raising my two grandchildren, the thirteen year old grandson I have had since he was born, and my sixteen year old granddaughter I have raised since she was seven years old. My husband died an expected death and it was very sudden. Ever since, we have had a hard time coping with his death and all three of us need to see therapists at the mental health in Harrison. I haven’t been able to get us there because our vehicle has been broke down for over a year and now I understand that it is unable to be fixed.

My children will not have a Christmas this year because I am financially poor. I have four dollars and twelve cents in bank and that’s all I have to my name. Thank God I get food stamps and little bit of help in cash assistance from DHS. With what I get from social security and DHS I still can’t pay all my bills.

I have not seen my mother in a year because I haven’t had a vehicle. She is eighty six years old and isn’t doing very well and the children would like to see her before she ends up dying and she’s all I have left! My children need new clothes and some gifts and I am wishing that they have a Merry Christmas and I’m not concerned about me. They mean and my mother mean the world to me.

Right now and have been unable to work for a while. I will be sixty years old in March and I really don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t receive child support for the two children and their parents don’t really care about them! I am so ashamed that I can’t give my children a Christmas this year. So please try to give my children a Christmas this year if you can. I would be very thankful if you could.

Maybe see about a minivan if you possibly can, but my main wish is for my children. I cannot afford to get laundry soap or other personal things. I have no cleaning products and I really don’t know if we will have a Christmas dinner. I seen your ad in the paper and I hope and wish you could help us.

I am sending you my Christmas wish and even if you cannot help I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you can help here are my children’s sizes.

My granddaughter is sixteen years old and needs jeans in a size 20 in womens and a 2-3x in shirts. She’s my special girl.
My grandson is 13 years old and he needs pants six sixteen in boys and a size large in men’s shirts. These children are everything to me and I love them very much.

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