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Good News of Christmas

By Kelly Wilson 02 Dec, 2016
Family: Mother, 44, man, 44, daughter, 18, son, 7

About the family: Mother is living with two children and a man who is described as a friend. The oldest child struggles academically and is receiving extra school support. Mother is a cancer survivor who has multiple health issues. She was in a car accident in 2009 that resulted in a severe neck injury. The injury limits her mobility and causes severe pain. She also suffers from anxiety and depression. The family lives a simple life and with the support of family and friends, is able to meet most of its basic financial obligations. The male friend works full time at BlueCross BlueShield and allows the family to share the living space and help with purchasing food and paying bills. The man and the mother appear to be a support for each other financially and emotionally. Mother’s medical bills (medication) are not fully covered by Medicaid and cost the family about $100 extra per month. The items the family is requesting will provide it with basic human comforts and the ability to spend time together in basic recreational activities. The mother is a very supportive parent. Her children are a priority. When approached for the Good News campaign, she accepted for her children’s benefit.

Major requests: Two twin-size beds with frames, mattresses, etc., family membership to the Kroc Center, a tuneup and oil change for the car.

Household items: Treatments for eight windows, blinds and curtains; bedding for two twin beds; pillows for two twin beds and a queen bed; vacuum cleaner

7-year-old boy: 3DS, Wii or XBox 1; Amazing Hot Wheels; glow-in-the-dark Nerf football; board games; modeling clay; harmonica; anything “Star Wars”; remote control car; size 4 tennis shoes; size 5 Timberland boots, black, blue or red; size 10-12 shirts; size 10-12 pants, not jeans; mittens, hat, gloves, etc.

18-year-old girl: Gift cards for Google Play, AMC Theatres; snow globes; Batman poster; sketch book, XBox 360 games: Batman Arkham Asylum, Dragonball XenoVerse; medium tops, screen-printed, comic book characters, Marvel comic stuff, not girly; medium stretch pants; size 81⁄2 tennis shoes; size 81⁄2 black flats; medium winter coat, gloves, hat, etc.

44-year-old mother: Size 71⁄2 tennis shoes, gift card to any clothing store, gift card to have hair cut and colored.

44-year-old man: Medium boxer underwear, tube socks, size 34x34 jeans, size 12 tennis shoes.
By Kelly Wilson 02 Dec, 2016
The family: Mother, 33; father, 28; grandmother, 54; two daughters, 12 and 6; son, 6 months.

About the family:
Mom gave birth to a baby boy prematurely last April after complications during pregnancy. The baby weighed a little over 2 pounds and was hospitalized in Springfield until August. For four months, Mom and Dad divided their time staying in Springfield at the Ronald McDonald House while the other stayed in Quincy to care for the 12- and 6-year-old daughters. The baby is growing stronger and is now at home but requires 24-hour care with daily visits from nurses. He was born with holes in his heart, and he also requires oxygen and a feeding tube. Because of the situation, neither parent is able to work at the moment. The parents’ main concern is taking care of their son and supporting their daughters through this difficult and stressful situation.

Major requests:
Washer and dryer, twin mattress frame and mattress, bunk bed.

Household items: Cookware set, kitchen set, bedding, towels, bath set, detergent, baking set.

12-year-old daughter: Just My Style 11,000 bead bracelet kit; Cra-Z-Loom Ultimate Rubberband Loom; I Love My Hair coloring book; Sew Cool Emoji Fashions fabric kit; Crayola Colossal Creativity Tub; skinny jeans, size 8; infinity scarves; sweater/sweatshirt, small and girly; winter boots, size 2 Ugg style, older girls; house shoes/slippers, moccasin.

6-year-old daughter: Frozen Fever Fashion Elsa doll; Hello Kitty desk and chair set; Disney “Frozen” Character Art Set; My Sweet Love Baby Doll and accessories; skinny jeans, size 5; infinity scarves; sweaters/sweatshirts, likes “Frozen,” Hello Kitty, pink and purple; boots, size 11 girls; house shoes/slippers and thick socks.

6-month-old son:
Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard; Pampers, size 4; onesies that open down the front for feeding tube, 6-9 months.

33-year-old mother:
Pillow, Serta Won’t Go Flat; infinity scarf; women’s moccasin slippers, size 31⁄2; Danskin Now women’s marled joggers, small; thick socks.

28-year-old father:
Pillow, Serta Won’t Go Flat; Daxx men’s moccasin sheepskin slippers, size 10; boxers, 32⁄32 pant size.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Dec, 2016

The family : Grandmother, 68; granddaughter, 4.

About the family : A 4-year-old girl is being raised by her grandmother because of a family situation beyond her control. Grandmother has been retired for a few years and lives on a very limited income. She struggles to pay her bills and provide necessities for her granddaughter. Grandmother is a very kind and caring person who puts the needs of others before herself. She volunteers to take senior citizens to and from doctor’s appointments, etc. Grandmother is scheduled to have hip surgery soon.

Major requests : Love seat, any color that doesn't show dirt, a sturdy one needed because of hip problems; recliner, any color; small chest freezer, family only has the one above the refrigerator.

Household items : DVD player, so granddaughter can watch movies; sheets, full size; plates, lightweight because grandmother has arthritis; shower curtain, solid color, maroon or hunter green; silverware, small set.

4 - year - old granddaughter : Kitchen set, really wants stove and sink; wagon; dishes and pans; bigger Legos; Elsa doll from "Frozen"; jewelry — necklaces and bracelets; DVDs or books (Walt Disney); pants or jeans, size 5; long- or short-sleeved shirts, size 5-6; dresses, loves girly dresses but no characters on them because they’re for church; pajamas, size 5-6; dress shoes, tennis shoes, boots, size 10; socks; underwear, size 4-5; hair bows and barrettes, loves flowers and stars. She loves "Frozen," Doc McStuffins and Sofia; her favorite colors are turquoise, pink and purple.

68 - year - old grandmother : Pants with zipper, size 14, brown, gray, black or dark green; T-shirts or knit shirts, XL, no flowers; jewelry (necklace or bracelet); Amish books by any author; gift card to Hobby Lobby.

By Kelly Wilson 30 Nov, 2016

The family : Mother, 28; son, 3; daughters, 2 and 8.

About the family : This mother of three children came back to Quincy to get out of an abusive situation. She has been homeless and slept in her car while trying to get a place for her and her children. She has rented an apartment now and is working 40-plus hours a week but still has not been able to get the basics set up. She has some family members in Quincy who have sheltered the kids until she got her apartment. Mom suffers from depression and has recently had some medical problems. Her middle child is developmentally delayed and gets services for speech and behavior problems. Her oldest child has some speech difficulties. Mom would be grateful for any help.

Major requests : One set of bunk beds; twin bed with frame and box springs; kitchen table with at least four chairs.

Household items : Pots and pans; silverware; cups; wash cloths and towels; and bedding.

8 - year - old daughter : Dolls; Wii video games; books; 100-piece puzzles; tablet or DS; jeans, girls size 12 regular; pajamas, girls size 12 regular; underwear, girls size 10; boots, girls size 7; coat, size 12; socks, girls size 7; undershirts/tanks, girls size 12; shirts, size 12.

3 - year - old son : Trucks; Game Boy video games; cartoon DVDs; learning toys; anything "boyish"; jeans/pants, size 4/5T; shirts, size 4/5T; size 10 or 11 toddler shoes; toddler socks; undershirts, size 4/5T; coat, size 4/5T.

2 - year - old daughter : Learning toys; stuffed bear; bike with training wheels; jeans/pants, size 2 or 3T; shoes, size 8 toddler; coat, size 2 or 3T; shirts, size 2 or 3T; socks, to toddler size 7.

28 - year - old mother : Jeans, women's size 13/14; winter boots, women's size 10; any type of shirts, women's size large; socks, women's size 10; small TV.

By Kelly Wilson 29 Nov, 2016

The family : Mother, 33; sons 14, 12, 9, 7 and 14 months; daughters 8, 5 and 4.

About the family :  A single mother of eight makes minimum wage working an average of 25 hours per week. She does not receive child support. She is originally from Chicago and does not have a strong support system, though she has a sister here who helps when she can. The mother has previously done clerical work, but it has been difficult to find clerical work in the area. The children are well disciplined and do well in school. The mother is very involved with her children’s education, making sure all homework is complete.

Major requests : Four twin-sized beds or two sets of bunk beds for children; washer and dryer; tires for car.

Household items : Sheets and comforters — five twin-size; sheets and comforters, two queen-size; bathroom tissue, soap, Tide detergent, dishwashing liquid, bleach, toothpaste, trash bags.

14-year-old son : Video games for Xbox 360; basketball; football; Lego set for older child; dark blue jeans or pants, size 36 by 34; shirts, size XL; jacket, size XL; gym shoes, preferred Nike, size 12; socks, preferred Nike; coat, size 2X.

12-year-old son : Basketball; tablet; football; art supplies; pants or jeans, size 14-16; shirts, size L, likes green; socks, size 6-8; underwear, size L; tennis shoes, size 61⁄2; coat, size 14-16.

9-year-old son : Cars; action figures; baseball bat; tablet; pants or jeans, size 10; shirts, size 10, likes green and blue; underwear, size M; socks; coat, size 10.

8-year-old daughter : Shopkin toys, dolls or clothing; Barbie; diary; dolls, African-American if possible; any girl toys; pants or jeans, size 8; shirts, size M, 7⁄8; tennis shoes, size 2; socks; coat or jacket, size 8.

7-year-old son : Board games (Monopoly); checkers; likes Spiderman and Batman figures; blue jeans and pants, dark, size 8; shirts, size 8; underwear, size M; gym shoes, size 2; socks, size 6-8; coat, size 10.

5-year-old daughter: (does not like girl toys) Batman figures; basketball; football; skateboard; art set; pants or jeans, dark colors, size 6; shirts, dark colors, size 6; boxers, size S; socks; coat, size 8; shoes, size 11.

4-year-old daughter : Dolls, African-American; Easy Bake oven; toy dog; art set; Barbie; dress, size 6; pants or jeans, size 6; shirts, size S; socks; tennis shoes, size 10; coat, size 8.

14-month-old son : Anything Paw Patrol; blocks; ball; action figures; anything with lights; diapers, size 4 Huggies; wipes; pants or shirts, size 24 months or 2T; shoes, size 5; coat, size 2T.

33-year-old mother : Victoria Secret perfume; pajamas, size XL; socks, size 9-11; work shoes, nonslip, size 10.

By Kelly Wilson 28 Nov, 2016

The Family : Father, 45; mother, 38; daughters, 17, 5 and 4; sons, 16, 14, 12 and 6.

About the family : A mother left her first husband because of mental and physical abuse. She bought her own house for herself and her three children. She and her second husband fostered children for several years until adopting a sibling group in 2015. Formerly a nurse, the mother fulfilled a lifelong dream and began running her own daycare. She received a grant for startup but it didn't cover all expenses and the family took out loans to cover the rest. Getting payments from the state has become a problem, and bills are starting to mount up. The father works full time but his paycheck is used mainly for health insurance and his child support. The couple has signed up with food stamps and uses a local pantry each month.

Major requests : Washer/dryer repair or new set; auto repair (battery, fix doors, winterize); dishwasher.

Household items : Two new toilets, preferably white; towels and washcloths, 20 each; sheets, king size, preferably flannel and cotton; sheets, twin size, preferably flannel and cotton, 5 or 6 sets, boy and girl mix; sheets, full size, preferably flannel and cotton, 4 or 5 sets, girl; pots and pans, Pioneer Woman brand, 20-piece non-stick vintage speckle combo set, red or black.

16-year-old son : Coyote call (predator call), Wildgame Innovation new Micro T series 7MP Game Camera Bundle with SD card; hunting and fishing supplies; pro rodeo Wrangler jeans, size 30 by 32; socks, long boot; belt, leather, 30-inch.

14-year-old son : Wildgame Innovation new Micro T series 7MP Game Camera Bundle with SD card; hunting and fishing supplies; camouflage/hunting clothes, youth size 18; camouflage/hunting boots, size 9; jeans, Levi relaxed fit bootcut, size 18.

12-year-old son : Remote control truck; 4 channel 6 axis Gyro Headless remote control Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi camera; hunting and fishing supplies; UnderArmour sport pants and shorts, size 12.

6-year-old son : Legos, age appropriate; Walking Dino; scooter; basketball; jeans, size 8; shirts, size 8; cowboy boots, size 21⁄2; socks, tall and short.

17-year-old daughter s Bath and Body Works items, any scent; Physician's formula Super BB 10-in-1 Beauty Balm cream, light; hair straightener; perfume, Paris Hilton (Can Can); long-sleeve, cute, junior size L or women's XS.

5-year-old daughter : 16-inch bicycle with training wheels; Easy Bake oven; Baby Alive, any; socks, tall and short; underwear, size 6; jeans, size 6; winter pajamas, size 6.

4-year-old daughter: Baby Alive, any; dollhouse; Fisher Price Little People Christmas Story; socks, tall and short; winter pajamas, size 4; underwear, size 4.

38-year-old mother : Anything from Pioneer Woman; jeans, size 10; long-sleeve shirts or hoodies, size L; steam mop; spa day.

45-year-old father : Levi bootcut jeans, size 32 by 30; long- and short-sleeve shirts, size M; boxer briefs underwear, size M; Curve for men cologne, green bottle; 1.75 non-bifocal safety glasses.

By Kelly Wilson 27 Nov, 2016

The Family : Father, 27; mother, 29; daughters, 2, infant.

About the family : The family is expecting a baby. The baby will have medical issues requiring multiple surgeries within the first year of life and also will have special feeding requirements. The mother works but is expecting extended time off because of the baby’s medical issues. The new baby will need Dr. Brown’s bottles and nipples with an additional insert that can only be purchased online, so gift cards to Amazon will help with that cost. The family attends all medical appointments to seek education and seeks support from family members.

Major requests : Kitchen table, five-piece dining set, family has no table at this time; 3-in-1 high chair.

Household items : Thermometer, any ear or forehead type; two humidifiers, cool mist, one for baby’s room and one for living room; baby monitors, audio only (no video).

2 - year - old daughter : Modeling clay, children’s books, DVDs (Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, Doc McStuffins); coloring books; markers; paints; tennis shoes, size 9 or 10; jeans, size 3T; shirts, size 3T; socks, size 3T; underwear, size 3T.

Infant daughter : Car seat cover; Dr. Brown’s bottles and nipples; medicine kit; winter clothes, size 3-6 months; socks, size 3-6 months.

29 - year - old mother : Jeans, boot cut, women’s size 11; shirts, size women’s L; Bath and Body Works products; candles.

27 - year - old father : Jeans, Levi’s 569, size 40 by 32; socks, size 11 tall.

By Kelly Wilson 27 Nov, 2016

The Family : Father, 48; son, 12.

About the family : A single father has been out of work since June 2015. In a previous job, he was injured on the job. He has suffered two heart attacks and has had other health problems. He has depleted all of his savings and has been working with area support services. The 12-year-old son wants to learn to hunt and trap to help provide food.

Major requests : Help pay off property taxes so they can keep their home.

Household items : Sheets, king size, preferably flannel; sheets, twin size; bath towels; living room area rug.

12-year-old son : Halo figure sets; Halo lego sets; camouflage pants, size 32 by 32; camouflage shirts, large adult; camouflage hat and gloves.

48-year-old father : Tennis shoes, size B-width; men’s personal products such as soap, shampoo; cooler; batteries, AA and AAA; hand tools; Wal-Mart gift card.

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

Family : Mother, 49, son, 12.

About the family : A single mother of a middle school student has multiple sclerosis and found out in June she has stage 4 breast cancer. She had a mastectomy in July and started chemotherapy in September and will soon need a hysterectomy. She is working part time two days a week.

Major requests : A 6-foot hide-a-bed couch, black, three cushions with pillows.  

Household items : Stainless steel pots and pans; 8-feet-by-10-feet area rug, black shag; stereo system from Best Buy; twin bedding, black and blue comforter set, two new soft pillows; sheets; queen bedding, pink, art deco comforter set; king size velour blanket, cream.

12-year-old boy : Three-piece stereo/19-inch TV set; DVD player; Xbox 360 and Farming Simulator game; snowboard or sled; athletic pants, size 14-16; shirts, Minnesota Vikings or University of Missouri, size 14-16; hoodies, size 14-16; tennis shoes and snow boots, adult size 8; winter coat, size 16-18, gloves, hat, face mask, extra large kids size.

49-year - old mom : Gift card to Best Buy; candles, baked smells, nothing with wood; canvas for painting; Bath and Body Works products, coconut scent.  

By Kelly Wilson 22 Nov, 2016
Family: Father, 31; two sons, 13, 18 months.

About the family: After removing his older son from a home with domestic violence, a single father is attempting to provide a safe and stable environment for his sons. The father quit his second job to assume responsibilities for his children, but he is determined to continue saving to buy a home. The father works full time but does not qualify for food stamps or other such services.

Major requests: Couches or recliners, preferably not a textured material, neutral or earth tones; twin bed, mattress and box spring and frame; Pack ’n Play, boy-colored or Mickey Mouse-themed.

Household items: Twin bed sheets and comforter, featuring Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks or boy colors; toolbox; pots and pans; cooking utensils.

13-year-old boy: Xbox games, adventure or role-playing; remote-controlled car or boat; Amazon gift card; plaid button-up shirts, size medium, no color preference; Green Bay Packers or Chicago Blackhawks gear; hoodies, size large.

18-month-old boy: Teething toys; water or light-up toys; winter clothes, sizes 9 to 12 months; winter jacket and mittens, sizes 9 to 12 months; shoes and boots, sizes 9 to 12 months.

31-year-old father: 10-speed bicycle, father is 6 feet tall; Catholic pendant necklace; featuring St. Mary or any of the other saints; polo shirts, men’s large, any color; Cleveland Browns sweatshirt, size large.
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Good News of Christmas

By Kelly Wilson 02 Dec, 2016
Family: Mother, 44, man, 44, daughter, 18, son, 7

About the family: Mother is living with two children and a man who is described as a friend. The oldest child struggles academically and is receiving extra school support. Mother is a cancer survivor who has multiple health issues. She was in a car accident in 2009 that resulted in a severe neck injury. The injury limits her mobility and causes severe pain. She also suffers from anxiety and depression. The family lives a simple life and with the support of family and friends, is able to meet most of its basic financial obligations. The male friend works full time at BlueCross BlueShield and allows the family to share the living space and help with purchasing food and paying bills. The man and the mother appear to be a support for each other financially and emotionally. Mother’s medical bills (medication) are not fully covered by Medicaid and cost the family about $100 extra per month. The items the family is requesting will provide it with basic human comforts and the ability to spend time together in basic recreational activities. The mother is a very supportive parent. Her children are a priority. When approached for the Good News campaign, she accepted for her children’s benefit.

Major requests: Two twin-size beds with frames, mattresses, etc., family membership to the Kroc Center, a tuneup and oil change for the car.

Household items: Treatments for eight windows, blinds and curtains; bedding for two twin beds; pillows for two twin beds and a queen bed; vacuum cleaner

7-year-old boy: 3DS, Wii or XBox 1; Amazing Hot Wheels; glow-in-the-dark Nerf football; board games; modeling clay; harmonica; anything “Star Wars”; remote control car; size 4 tennis shoes; size 5 Timberland boots, black, blue or red; size 10-12 shirts; size 10-12 pants, not jeans; mittens, hat, gloves, etc.

18-year-old girl: Gift cards for Google Play, AMC Theatres; snow globes; Batman poster; sketch book, XBox 360 games: Batman Arkham Asylum, Dragonball XenoVerse; medium tops, screen-printed, comic book characters, Marvel comic stuff, not girly; medium stretch pants; size 81⁄2 tennis shoes; size 81⁄2 black flats; medium winter coat, gloves, hat, etc.

44-year-old mother: Size 71⁄2 tennis shoes, gift card to any clothing store, gift card to have hair cut and colored.

44-year-old man: Medium boxer underwear, tube socks, size 34x34 jeans, size 12 tennis shoes.
By Kelly Wilson 02 Dec, 2016
The family: Mother, 33; father, 28; grandmother, 54; two daughters, 12 and 6; son, 6 months.

About the family:
Mom gave birth to a baby boy prematurely last April after complications during pregnancy. The baby weighed a little over 2 pounds and was hospitalized in Springfield until August. For four months, Mom and Dad divided their time staying in Springfield at the Ronald McDonald House while the other stayed in Quincy to care for the 12- and 6-year-old daughters. The baby is growing stronger and is now at home but requires 24-hour care with daily visits from nurses. He was born with holes in his heart, and he also requires oxygen and a feeding tube. Because of the situation, neither parent is able to work at the moment. The parents’ main concern is taking care of their son and supporting their daughters through this difficult and stressful situation.

Major requests:
Washer and dryer, twin mattress frame and mattress, bunk bed.

Household items: Cookware set, kitchen set, bedding, towels, bath set, detergent, baking set.

12-year-old daughter: Just My Style 11,000 bead bracelet kit; Cra-Z-Loom Ultimate Rubberband Loom; I Love My Hair coloring book; Sew Cool Emoji Fashions fabric kit; Crayola Colossal Creativity Tub; skinny jeans, size 8; infinity scarves; sweater/sweatshirt, small and girly; winter boots, size 2 Ugg style, older girls; house shoes/slippers, moccasin.

6-year-old daughter: Frozen Fever Fashion Elsa doll; Hello Kitty desk and chair set; Disney “Frozen” Character Art Set; My Sweet Love Baby Doll and accessories; skinny jeans, size 5; infinity scarves; sweaters/sweatshirts, likes “Frozen,” Hello Kitty, pink and purple; boots, size 11 girls; house shoes/slippers and thick socks.

6-month-old son:
Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard; Pampers, size 4; onesies that open down the front for feeding tube, 6-9 months.

33-year-old mother:
Pillow, Serta Won’t Go Flat; infinity scarf; women’s moccasin slippers, size 31⁄2; Danskin Now women’s marled joggers, small; thick socks.

28-year-old father:
Pillow, Serta Won’t Go Flat; Daxx men’s moccasin sheepskin slippers, size 10; boxers, 32⁄32 pant size.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Dec, 2016

The family : Grandmother, 68; granddaughter, 4.

About the family : A 4-year-old girl is being raised by her grandmother because of a family situation beyond her control. Grandmother has been retired for a few years and lives on a very limited income. She struggles to pay her bills and provide necessities for her granddaughter. Grandmother is a very kind and caring person who puts the needs of others before herself. She volunteers to take senior citizens to and from doctor’s appointments, etc. Grandmother is scheduled to have hip surgery soon.

Major requests : Love seat, any color that doesn't show dirt, a sturdy one needed because of hip problems; recliner, any color; small chest freezer, family only has the one above the refrigerator.

Household items : DVD player, so granddaughter can watch movies; sheets, full size; plates, lightweight because grandmother has arthritis; shower curtain, solid color, maroon or hunter green; silverware, small set.

4 - year - old granddaughter : Kitchen set, really wants stove and sink; wagon; dishes and pans; bigger Legos; Elsa doll from "Frozen"; jewelry — necklaces and bracelets; DVDs or books (Walt Disney); pants or jeans, size 5; long- or short-sleeved shirts, size 5-6; dresses, loves girly dresses but no characters on them because they’re for church; pajamas, size 5-6; dress shoes, tennis shoes, boots, size 10; socks; underwear, size 4-5; hair bows and barrettes, loves flowers and stars. She loves "Frozen," Doc McStuffins and Sofia; her favorite colors are turquoise, pink and purple.

68 - year - old grandmother : Pants with zipper, size 14, brown, gray, black or dark green; T-shirts or knit shirts, XL, no flowers; jewelry (necklace or bracelet); Amish books by any author; gift card to Hobby Lobby.

By Kelly Wilson 30 Nov, 2016

The family : Mother, 28; son, 3; daughters, 2 and 8.

About the family : This mother of three children came back to Quincy to get out of an abusive situation. She has been homeless and slept in her car while trying to get a place for her and her children. She has rented an apartment now and is working 40-plus hours a week but still has not been able to get the basics set up. She has some family members in Quincy who have sheltered the kids until she got her apartment. Mom suffers from depression and has recently had some medical problems. Her middle child is developmentally delayed and gets services for speech and behavior problems. Her oldest child has some speech difficulties. Mom would be grateful for any help.

Major requests : One set of bunk beds; twin bed with frame and box springs; kitchen table with at least four chairs.

Household items : Pots and pans; silverware; cups; wash cloths and towels; and bedding.

8 - year - old daughter : Dolls; Wii video games; books; 100-piece puzzles; tablet or DS; jeans, girls size 12 regular; pajamas, girls size 12 regular; underwear, girls size 10; boots, girls size 7; coat, size 12; socks, girls size 7; undershirts/tanks, girls size 12; shirts, size 12.

3 - year - old son : Trucks; Game Boy video games; cartoon DVDs; learning toys; anything "boyish"; jeans/pants, size 4/5T; shirts, size 4/5T; size 10 or 11 toddler shoes; toddler socks; undershirts, size 4/5T; coat, size 4/5T.

2 - year - old daughter : Learning toys; stuffed bear; bike with training wheels; jeans/pants, size 2 or 3T; shoes, size 8 toddler; coat, size 2 or 3T; shirts, size 2 or 3T; socks, to toddler size 7.

28 - year - old mother : Jeans, women's size 13/14; winter boots, women's size 10; any type of shirts, women's size large; socks, women's size 10; small TV.

By Kelly Wilson 29 Nov, 2016

The family : Mother, 33; sons 14, 12, 9, 7 and 14 months; daughters 8, 5 and 4.

About the family :  A single mother of eight makes minimum wage working an average of 25 hours per week. She does not receive child support. She is originally from Chicago and does not have a strong support system, though she has a sister here who helps when she can. The mother has previously done clerical work, but it has been difficult to find clerical work in the area. The children are well disciplined and do well in school. The mother is very involved with her children’s education, making sure all homework is complete.

Major requests : Four twin-sized beds or two sets of bunk beds for children; washer and dryer; tires for car.

Household items : Sheets and comforters — five twin-size; sheets and comforters, two queen-size; bathroom tissue, soap, Tide detergent, dishwashing liquid, bleach, toothpaste, trash bags.

14-year-old son : Video games for Xbox 360; basketball; football; Lego set for older child; dark blue jeans or pants, size 36 by 34; shirts, size XL; jacket, size XL; gym shoes, preferred Nike, size 12; socks, preferred Nike; coat, size 2X.

12-year-old son : Basketball; tablet; football; art supplies; pants or jeans, size 14-16; shirts, size L, likes green; socks, size 6-8; underwear, size L; tennis shoes, size 61⁄2; coat, size 14-16.

9-year-old son : Cars; action figures; baseball bat; tablet; pants or jeans, size 10; shirts, size 10, likes green and blue; underwear, size M; socks; coat, size 10.

8-year-old daughter : Shopkin toys, dolls or clothing; Barbie; diary; dolls, African-American if possible; any girl toys; pants or jeans, size 8; shirts, size M, 7⁄8; tennis shoes, size 2; socks; coat or jacket, size 8.

7-year-old son : Board games (Monopoly); checkers; likes Spiderman and Batman figures; blue jeans and pants, dark, size 8; shirts, size 8; underwear, size M; gym shoes, size 2; socks, size 6-8; coat, size 10.

5-year-old daughter: (does not like girl toys) Batman figures; basketball; football; skateboard; art set; pants or jeans, dark colors, size 6; shirts, dark colors, size 6; boxers, size S; socks; coat, size 8; shoes, size 11.

4-year-old daughter : Dolls, African-American; Easy Bake oven; toy dog; art set; Barbie; dress, size 6; pants or jeans, size 6; shirts, size S; socks; tennis shoes, size 10; coat, size 8.

14-month-old son : Anything Paw Patrol; blocks; ball; action figures; anything with lights; diapers, size 4 Huggies; wipes; pants or shirts, size 24 months or 2T; shoes, size 5; coat, size 2T.

33-year-old mother : Victoria Secret perfume; pajamas, size XL; socks, size 9-11; work shoes, nonslip, size 10.

By Kelly Wilson 28 Nov, 2016

The Family : Father, 45; mother, 38; daughters, 17, 5 and 4; sons, 16, 14, 12 and 6.

About the family : A mother left her first husband because of mental and physical abuse. She bought her own house for herself and her three children. She and her second husband fostered children for several years until adopting a sibling group in 2015. Formerly a nurse, the mother fulfilled a lifelong dream and began running her own daycare. She received a grant for startup but it didn't cover all expenses and the family took out loans to cover the rest. Getting payments from the state has become a problem, and bills are starting to mount up. The father works full time but his paycheck is used mainly for health insurance and his child support. The couple has signed up with food stamps and uses a local pantry each month.

Major requests : Washer/dryer repair or new set; auto repair (battery, fix doors, winterize); dishwasher.

Household items : Two new toilets, preferably white; towels and washcloths, 20 each; sheets, king size, preferably flannel and cotton; sheets, twin size, preferably flannel and cotton, 5 or 6 sets, boy and girl mix; sheets, full size, preferably flannel and cotton, 4 or 5 sets, girl; pots and pans, Pioneer Woman brand, 20-piece non-stick vintage speckle combo set, red or black.

16-year-old son : Coyote call (predator call), Wildgame Innovation new Micro T series 7MP Game Camera Bundle with SD card; hunting and fishing supplies; pro rodeo Wrangler jeans, size 30 by 32; socks, long boot; belt, leather, 30-inch.

14-year-old son : Wildgame Innovation new Micro T series 7MP Game Camera Bundle with SD card; hunting and fishing supplies; camouflage/hunting clothes, youth size 18; camouflage/hunting boots, size 9; jeans, Levi relaxed fit bootcut, size 18.

12-year-old son : Remote control truck; 4 channel 6 axis Gyro Headless remote control Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi camera; hunting and fishing supplies; UnderArmour sport pants and shorts, size 12.

6-year-old son : Legos, age appropriate; Walking Dino; scooter; basketball; jeans, size 8; shirts, size 8; cowboy boots, size 21⁄2; socks, tall and short.

17-year-old daughter s Bath and Body Works items, any scent; Physician's formula Super BB 10-in-1 Beauty Balm cream, light; hair straightener; perfume, Paris Hilton (Can Can); long-sleeve, cute, junior size L or women's XS.

5-year-old daughter : 16-inch bicycle with training wheels; Easy Bake oven; Baby Alive, any; socks, tall and short; underwear, size 6; jeans, size 6; winter pajamas, size 6.

4-year-old daughter: Baby Alive, any; dollhouse; Fisher Price Little People Christmas Story; socks, tall and short; winter pajamas, size 4; underwear, size 4.

38-year-old mother : Anything from Pioneer Woman; jeans, size 10; long-sleeve shirts or hoodies, size L; steam mop; spa day.

45-year-old father : Levi bootcut jeans, size 32 by 30; long- and short-sleeve shirts, size M; boxer briefs underwear, size M; Curve for men cologne, green bottle; 1.75 non-bifocal safety glasses.

By Kelly Wilson 27 Nov, 2016

The Family : Father, 27; mother, 29; daughters, 2, infant.

About the family : The family is expecting a baby. The baby will have medical issues requiring multiple surgeries within the first year of life and also will have special feeding requirements. The mother works but is expecting extended time off because of the baby’s medical issues. The new baby will need Dr. Brown’s bottles and nipples with an additional insert that can only be purchased online, so gift cards to Amazon will help with that cost. The family attends all medical appointments to seek education and seeks support from family members.

Major requests : Kitchen table, five-piece dining set, family has no table at this time; 3-in-1 high chair.

Household items : Thermometer, any ear or forehead type; two humidifiers, cool mist, one for baby’s room and one for living room; baby monitors, audio only (no video).

2 - year - old daughter : Modeling clay, children’s books, DVDs (Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, Doc McStuffins); coloring books; markers; paints; tennis shoes, size 9 or 10; jeans, size 3T; shirts, size 3T; socks, size 3T; underwear, size 3T.

Infant daughter : Car seat cover; Dr. Brown’s bottles and nipples; medicine kit; winter clothes, size 3-6 months; socks, size 3-6 months.

29 - year - old mother : Jeans, boot cut, women’s size 11; shirts, size women’s L; Bath and Body Works products; candles.

27 - year - old father : Jeans, Levi’s 569, size 40 by 32; socks, size 11 tall.

By Kelly Wilson 27 Nov, 2016

The Family : Father, 48; son, 12.

About the family : A single father has been out of work since June 2015. In a previous job, he was injured on the job. He has suffered two heart attacks and has had other health problems. He has depleted all of his savings and has been working with area support services. The 12-year-old son wants to learn to hunt and trap to help provide food.

Major requests : Help pay off property taxes so they can keep their home.

Household items : Sheets, king size, preferably flannel; sheets, twin size; bath towels; living room area rug.

12-year-old son : Halo figure sets; Halo lego sets; camouflage pants, size 32 by 32; camouflage shirts, large adult; camouflage hat and gloves.

48-year-old father : Tennis shoes, size B-width; men’s personal products such as soap, shampoo; cooler; batteries, AA and AAA; hand tools; Wal-Mart gift card.

By Kelly Wilson 23 Nov, 2016

Family : Mother, 49, son, 12.

About the family : A single mother of a middle school student has multiple sclerosis and found out in June she has stage 4 breast cancer. She had a mastectomy in July and started chemotherapy in September and will soon need a hysterectomy. She is working part time two days a week.

Major requests : A 6-foot hide-a-bed couch, black, three cushions with pillows.  

Household items : Stainless steel pots and pans; 8-feet-by-10-feet area rug, black shag; stereo system from Best Buy; twin bedding, black and blue comforter set, two new soft pillows; sheets; queen bedding, pink, art deco comforter set; king size velour blanket, cream.

12-year-old boy : Three-piece stereo/19-inch TV set; DVD player; Xbox 360 and Farming Simulator game; snowboard or sled; athletic pants, size 14-16; shirts, Minnesota Vikings or University of Missouri, size 14-16; hoodies, size 14-16; tennis shoes and snow boots, adult size 8; winter coat, size 16-18, gloves, hat, face mask, extra large kids size.

49-year - old mom : Gift card to Best Buy; candles, baked smells, nothing with wood; canvas for painting; Bath and Body Works products, coconut scent.  

By Kelly Wilson 22 Nov, 2016
Family: Father, 31; two sons, 13, 18 months.

About the family: After removing his older son from a home with domestic violence, a single father is attempting to provide a safe and stable environment for his sons. The father quit his second job to assume responsibilities for his children, but he is determined to continue saving to buy a home. The father works full time but does not qualify for food stamps or other such services.

Major requests: Couches or recliners, preferably not a textured material, neutral or earth tones; twin bed, mattress and box spring and frame; Pack ’n Play, boy-colored or Mickey Mouse-themed.

Household items: Twin bed sheets and comforter, featuring Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks or boy colors; toolbox; pots and pans; cooking utensils.

13-year-old boy: Xbox games, adventure or role-playing; remote-controlled car or boat; Amazon gift card; plaid button-up shirts, size medium, no color preference; Green Bay Packers or Chicago Blackhawks gear; hoodies, size large.

18-month-old boy: Teething toys; water or light-up toys; winter clothes, sizes 9 to 12 months; winter jacket and mittens, sizes 9 to 12 months; shoes and boots, sizes 9 to 12 months.

31-year-old father: 10-speed bicycle, father is 6 feet tall; Catholic pendant necklace; featuring St. Mary or any of the other saints; polo shirts, men’s large, any color; Cleveland Browns sweatshirt, size large.
By Kelly Wilson 21 Nov, 2016
Family: Father, 61; mother, 35; three sons, 17, 11, 10; daughter, 16.

About the family:
Father has been unable to work following complications suffered during a heart surgery. Mother is working but struggling with the loss of a child and medical needs of one other child. Family is facing many medical bills that keep adding up while father and daughter recover.

Major requests:
Stainless steel refrigerator, 66 inches tall, 33 inches wide; updated breaker box and breakers.

Household items:
Oversized towels, any color; nonstick pots and pans, any color, all sizes; cleaning supplies; Charmin toilet paper; paper towels, any brand.

17-year-old boy:
Fishing tackle; fishing box; hunting items; gas cards; Wal-Mart gift card; Wrangler jeans, 29x30; shirts, men’s medium, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour; Mossy Oak hunting clothes; camouflage coat, men’s medium; ankle socks.

16-year-old girl:
Perfume, Bath and Body Works; jewelry, anything that matches clothes, ears are pierced; lotion, Bath and Body Works; Wal-Mart gift card; iTunes gift card; Silvers or Levi’s jeans, women’s size 3; shirts, women’s small, from Maurice’s; coat, pink, women’s medium; colored no-show socks; Nike, Mossy Oak or Under Armour hoodies, adult medium.

11-year-old boy:
Football; 24-inch red bicycle; Dunham’s gift card; Wal-Mart gift card; jeans, children’s size 10/12; Under Armour, Nike, Adidas shirts, children’s size 10/12; camouflage coat, children’s size 14/16; ankle socks.

10-year-old boy:
24-inch green bicycle; football; hunting items; Wal-Mart gift card; Dunham’s gift card; jeans, children’s size 8; Nike, Adidas, Under Armour shirts, children’s size 8; camouflage Mossy Oak coat, children’s size 10/12; ankle socks.

35-year-old mother:
Necklace with angel wings and a heart in it to remember child who died; bakeware, kitchen towels, pot holders.

61-year-old father:
Hanes pocket t-shirts, size XL, any color; white socks, size 13-15; Menards gift card; Home Depot gift card.

TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER, CALL SARAH FERNANDEZ AT 217-221-3335.
By Kelly Wilson 21 Nov, 2016

QUINCY -- It's almost Good News of Christmas time.

The Herald-Whig campaign, now in its 28th year, will again will be striving to make the holiday season a little brighter for more than 50 area families going through some hard times.

The campaign is powered by the community's generosity and desire to help others. The Good News volunteer center begins operations Nov. 28 -- the Monday after Thanksgiving -- in the Quincy Mall's community room. That will again serve as headquarters for Good News organizers and teams of volunteers in their effort to meet the various needs of this year's families.

Volunteers will use money donated to the campaign to shop for items on the "wish lists" filled out by the selected families.

Once the items are bought, more volunteers will begin wrapping the hundreds of presents that will be given to the needy families before Christmas.

"This has been a Herald-Whig project now for 28 years, but the United Way and its partnering agencies in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri have been with us every step of the way," said Tom Van Ness, the director of advertising at The Herald-Whig and coordinator of the Good News of Christmas campaign.

The individuals and families selected for Good News assistance were nominated by social service agencies across the region. United Way representatives then screened the nominations and selected this year's cases.

Information about the cases will be published periodically over the next few weeks.

"We look at this as a way of being able to give families a hand up, not a handout," Van Ness said. "Many times, these are families who have gone through some recent issues that have put them in difficult situations."

The Good News campaign has a history of assisting women who fled abusive relationships with their children and are starting out on their own and need help, or families who are facing enormous medical bills for health situations. Others are trying to recover from various tragedies, such as a house fire.

"It hurts me to know there are people who need what most of us take for granted -- like a bed to sleep in," Van Ness said. "This might be the first time someone has gotten new clothes or a child has received a new toy for Christmas. Something like this can make an impression on a child that will last forever."

Some of the families are adopted by local churches or businesses in an effort to meet each case's needs.

"There are all kinds of opportunities to become involved," Van Ness said.

Volunteers will be at the mall's community room seven days a week beginning Nov. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

"More volunteers are always needed," Van Ness said.

By Kelly Wilson 14 Dec, 2015
Montanna Neisen, left, Miss Quincy, Sierra Lucie, Miss Quincy Pre-Teen and Liz Dietrich, Miss Quincy Outstanding Teen, check in their purchased items at the Good News headquarters at the Quincy Mall Saturday with Good News volunteer coordinator Coleen Myers after shopping for one of the Good News families. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
By Kelly Wilson 06 Dec, 2015
Nikki Neese, right, and her family, from left, Zoey, 4, Melia, 7, her husband Jason, and Isabella, 1, put up blow-up Christmas decorations Friday in front of their home on Quincy's North side. Neese and her family were helped by the Good News of Christmas campaign last year and is very appreciative of the generosity. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
By Kelly Wilson 22 Nov, 2015
Lacey Sparrow plays the board game Candyland with her three sons, from left, Lucas Bird, Blake Sparrow and Benjamin Bird before dinner Thursday. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
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