She and her four children – ages 4, 6, 7 and 9 – just couldn’t stay at home with no warm water to bathe and cook, no heat to fight November’s chill.
Her wall furnace failed, the woman explained; the water heater and pipes busted, too, during last winter’s frigid temperatures.
She makes $8.55 per hour working at Wal-Mart. It isn’t enough to pay her bills, buy Christmas gifts for her children, and replace the furnace and water heater that cost nearly $500, she said.
So this single mother asked Share the Season to help her move back home. The family has lived with the woman’s parents since June so they can eat, sleep and shower.
“It has been hectic. I don’t even know how to put it,” the woman said. “Going with just me and the kids to having to live with my parents again has been interesting.”
Thanks to a gift from the Share the Season program, the family replaced its furnace on Nov. 17. The woman said she hopes she and her kids will be back on a schedule – and in their permanent, peaceful home – after a new water heater is installed next weekend.
“I think it’s a godsend. It is,” the woman said, when asked about Share the Season. “The relief that it gave me from stress … I actually cried.”