The 32-year-old father is working full time, going to school at night and holding down a second job on the weekend.
The mom, who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, has been unemployed since January 2011.
Her unemployment ran out in July.
“It has been extremely hard to make ends meet,” said the mother, 42.
The couple has two children: a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.
“I’m fighting for my disability on top of all of that,” the mother said. She has had surgery on both hands to straighten them after arthritis deformed them.
Some days the pain in her hands and feet is better than on others.
She wrote that a gift from Share the Season would provide a sense of mind “that we will have electric and heat for the winter months and that my children may be able to have a little Christmas and birthdays.”
The organization has helped provide assistance with the family’s propane and electric bills.
“I will return the favor once we get back on our feet,” she said. “This is a very good cause and we appreciate the help.”