(Updates are at the bottom of this post.)
When we moved here to our little town, we met a family through hockey that I was instantly in love with. The 4 boys are sweet, polite, bright little guys and the oldest and my Dylan instantly clicked. They’ve been friends for two hockey seasons – we all have. The funny part is, when I got to talking to the Mom, we discovered that Daren was her brother’s boss years ago, and subsequently had been his friend ever since. We’ve known the Mom’s brother “C’ since Dylan was a baby. “C” has bought Christmas gifts for Dylan all these years (and Thomas too, once he arrived.)
This Mom is going through a really rough time right now. She is a proud mother of 4 strong, smart little boys, and over the weekend, she suddenly had to move herself and the kids out of her married home and into a rental house. For her sake, and because she has no idea I’m doing this, I have to leave the details out.
The boys are feeling very uprooted and upset, as you can probably imagine. They are 11, 9, 7 and 5.
My friend was a stay at home mom, and is out every single day while the boys are at school, looking for a job. She has no choice. She is an involved mom, a volunteer at school, hockey and her church. I have always seen her devoting her time to her kids and their well being, to others, to whatever organization needed her. She is nothing short of amazing.
The boys have their toys and clothes, but are in need of food, winter gear, and dare I say it, money. They don’t have a washer and dryer, nor a freezer. They are getting utilities set up, but no more.
I know it’s tight out there. Believe me, I know. But if you can donate $5, $10 or even $20, I promise you, this will help them so much. I’m going to shop for food and gift cards for them tomorrow with as much money as we can spare. I’m going through the boys winter gear tonight to see what I can help with.
You know I don’t do this very often, but it’s Christmas, guys. I can’t imagine fleeing my home with my kids and feeling as unsure and unsteady as my friend does tonight.
If you can help, I hope you will. Even if it’s just to spread the word.
If you are local (Southwestern Ontario) or don’t mind shipping food or other stuff (local stores are WalMart, Canadian Tire and Loblaw/Superstore if you want to send gift cards) – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange it.
I’ll keep you updated as things develop. xoxo
UPDATE # 1: We are at $380 as of 10 a.m. this morning. I’d love to be able to hand her $1000-$2000 to cover rent for 2 months and maybe a bit extra for food and Christmas. She wasn’t home this morning when I dropped off all the grocery gift cards I could afford – and is probably out there looking for a job while the kids are at school.
We have a lead on a freezer, just waiting to hear back from the seller. <— Got one! Thanks to all the locals and Twitter friends for spreading the word, donating and emailing with more suggestions. You truly are a wonderful community. Thank you so much.
UPDATE # 2: As of 1:30 p.m., we’re at
$825 $895! (it’s coming in as I update!) I’m so impressed with your generosity and your ability to spread the word so quickly. Thank you ever so much, every one of you.
ATTENTION CANADIAN READERS – if you have Canadian Tire money you’d like to donate, email me at email@example.com and I’ll make sure it gets to this family as well. Thanks in advance for looking!
UPDATE # 3: As of 3:30 this afternoon, we hit over $1000, which I transferred out of Paypal. It should hit my bank account by Wednesday and I will take it to her the day it hits and explain what we have done, together. I cannot thank you enough for all of your donations. She has no idea this is coming and it will be a huge relief.
Donations keep coming in and if we can continue to help this family as much as possible until they get on their feet, that would be wonderful. Every single dollar raised will help get her to a secure place where they can stand on their own.
Thank you thank you thank you – every single one of you who have spread the word, opened your hearts and given to this woman and her sons. This is what Christmas is all about. You have touched my heart so much over the last 24 hours, dearest friends and strangers.