CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Judy moved back to West Virginia with her three children -- 5-year-old twins and an 18-month-old daughter -- because her husband wanted to be closer to his family here. But when her husband left and asked for a divorce, Judy was left stranded.She's staying with a family but has no job and no car. The family she's staying with doesn't live near any bus lines. Judy has no transportation to look for work and her husband isn't helping her, even to drive to WIC appointments.Judy has applied for state benefits and affordable housing and is looking for rentals where she could walk or ride a bus to a job.She's helping the family that she and her children are staying with as much as possible, but she has little income and finances are strained.
A family member had a crib for the baby, but Judy needs toddler beds with linens for her twin son and daughter. She also always needs diapers and baby wipes. Once she's able to find a place to live she'll need help with the security deposit and first month's rent.Judy reached out to the Heart and Hand Community Service Center, in South Charleston, for help.In 2012, Heart and Hand helped more than 7,000 people in the Kanawha Valley with utility bills, medical bills, food, rent, clothing and household items.Heart and Hand has a special focus on helping parents of young children. They always need diapers, blankets, formulas, cribs, warm clothing and other household items.To support Heart and Hand's mission, please consider donating to the Gazette Charities Christmas Funds.When you make a donation to the Gazette Charities, 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.