CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The single mother of a special needs child is barely making it already. And she's pregnant with twins.It's a high-risk pregnancy, too. She's been hospitalized for some time because of heart problems. The stress that comes with not knowing if she'll be able to properly care for her babies can't be helping her health.On top of that, her 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange, a condition that affects growth, both developmentally and physically.Her apartment is full of mold and mildew, but it's all she can afford. And it's not like she hasn't taken the initiative to find a better place, she's been on a waiting list for quite some time.
"I'm stuck between a rock and a hard spot, but my concern is for my children," the mother told volunteers with The Salvation Army.
Once the twins are born, she wants to go back to college and eventually be able to provide a better life for her family.The Salvation Army helps people like her all of the time, but needs money to continue its work.They will provide her with clothes, food and other items for her and her children; things that she must have to care for them.She needs help. To help the Salvation Army, please consider 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. Reach Kate White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1723.