Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.
This grandmother now has custody of her 3-year-old grandson.
She had a good-paying job but was laid off last year.
Since then, she has been able to find only jobs that have been temporary and low-paying.
Her electricity has been turned off.
The gas was turned off in May.
On her Share the Season application, she wrote: “We boil hot water for baths but with winter approaching, we are freezing at night.”
Each night, she wrote, she parks her car in a different location so it won’t get repossessed.
“PLEASE HELP US,” she wrote on the application. I have worked my whole life but am really struggling to take care of me and my grandson.”