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Christmas Adopt-A-Family

PPMCC has the opportunity to bring some holiday cheer to a family of five that has faced setbacks due to a battle with cancer.

Now through Dec. 17, we will be collecting Walmart gift cards for the family, which includes two boys and two girls, ranging in age from 7 to 15.

The twinkling lights and shiny bows that surround us these days often mask the fact that Christmas can be an especially stressful season for families struggling to make ends meet.

After being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, Amanda, a single mom, went through two surgeries and radiation treatments in the last 18 months. The medical bills have been covered, but she had to drain down the family’s savings for household expenses during the period when she was unable to work.

The disability payments Amanda receives are not enough to support the family, so after an extensive job search, she recently landed a part-time position working nights at a local gym. Most of the places she applied were not willing to work around her medical appointments and treatments.Amanda’s most recent MRIs have not shown any evidence of tumors so she feels her family is turning the corner, but she is grateful that PPMCC has “adopted” her family.

“This has been a very rough year,” she said. “You don’t know what it means to us! God bless you!”

To help this family, you may buy Walmart gift cards yourself, or donate cash to Trudy, head of the Do Unto Others ministry; our office manager Alysha; or any of the board members. Collections end Dec. 17. If you have additional questions, please email Trudy

Do you know of other individuals or groups that also might be willing to adopt one of the other 52 families Westside Cares is hoping to help this Christmas? If so, please email Deb Mitguard at Westside Cares.

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