Here are more opportunities from Christmas Cheer to help families or the elderly during the holidays. Clubs, churches, businesses, office groups, families, extended families and individuals are invited to take part. Those interested should visit Christmas Cheer, 331 S. Main St., Burlington, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, call 336-229-9969, or visit [email protected] or www. christmascheerofalamance.org.
20-018-1 Suffering with Cerebral Palsy, this single mother recently lost her job and is struggling to make ends meet. Her 9-year-old daughter would love to have a mannequin doll head with hair to fix, educational video games to help with reading and math, and drawing/crafts supplies. They would appreciate a gift card to JC Penney so they can find clothes for her (hard to fit). Food for a special holiday meal would be appreciated.
20-019-1 With reduced income due to Covid-19, this single mother with mental health issues (anxiety, depression) is struggling to provide the basic needs of her 6-year-old daughter, and will be unable to provide Christmas for her without assistance. Her daughter would enjoy a tea set, skates, craft kits (slime), and a hair styling doll head. Her special request is a bicycle (used is ok). She needs clothes and shoes, and food for Christmas dinner would be appreciated.
20-020-1 Having recently moved to the area, this divorced mother has no car and very limited income, but is looking for work and trying to improve her situation. Her 10-year-old daughter would enjoy drawing supplies, ‘Frozen’ items, and a throw. Her special request is for Disney movies (gently used okay). She needs leggings, sweatpants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and underwear
20-018-2 After recently having a premature baby, this single mother is not yet able to return to work. Without help, she will not be able to provide Christmas for her 2 children. Her 5-year-old son enjoys drawing and would enjoy ‘ Legos’, trucks/cars and board games. The baby would enjoy blocks, educational toys and stuffed animals. The children both need clothing, and food for a holiday meal would be welcome.
20-019-2 Due to her own type-2 diabetes and the special needs of her 8-year-old daughter who has Down Syndrome, respiratory and muscle issues, this mother is unable to work. This multi-generational family lives together to share expenses. She has requested winter clothing for her child and for her grandchild who also lives with her. Her daughter (8) enjoys art/drawing and would enjoy ‘Jojo Siwa’ items, baby dolls, books and hair & nails/bath & body items. Her granddaughter (18 months) would enjoy blocks, baby dolls and educational toys.
20-020-2 Suffering with epilepsy, this single mother of two has struggled paying her bills and has asked for assistance to provide Christmas for her children. Her 13-year-old has requested ‘Slime Vanity’, a hoverboard, hair items for her mannequin doll head, and a light pink blanket/throw. Her 8-year-old sister has requested an ‘Easy Bake Oven’ and ‘Mini Brands’ items, and ‘LOL’ dolls. Both girls need winter clothing and food for a special meal would be appreciated.
20-020-3 Having just moved from out of state last year, this single mom was working part-time which ended due to the pandemic and her need to be with her three daughters while doing virtual learning. She suffers from manic depression/social anxiety. Her oldest (10) would enjoy a baby doll with a baby bed/playpen. She would also like lip gloss. The middle daughter (8) would love a ‘Barbie’ camper as well as kitchen set and play food. The youngest (6) would enjoy a doll house, doll toys, and a ‘Barbie’ car. All three girls need winter clothing.
20-021-3 Currently living with her mother after losing her job and home, this widowed mother of three recently started a new job and is trying to save money so they can get their own home again. The children all need clothing, and food for a special holiday meal would be appreciated. Her daughter (16) would enjoy hair & nails/bath & body/makeup products, craft kits, and art/drawing supplies. Her 13-year-old brother likes fishing and RC vehicles. Their youngest brother (18 months) would enjoy balls and outdoor toys. The oldest two would love to get bicycles, and the youngest would enjoy a tricycle or age-appropriate riding toy.
20-022-3 Receiving very little assistance from the children’s father, this single working mother of three is struggling with bills and unable to provide anything extra for her children at Christmas this year. Her 8-year-old daughter would enjoy ‘OMG’/‘Boxy’/‘My Life’ dolls, arts/crafts supplies, and a hover board. Her younger sister (6) would enjoy ‘OMG’/‘LOL’/‘My Life’ dolls, art/drawing/crafts supplies, and a scooter. Their brother (5) would enjoy ‘Scooby Doo’, ‘Paw Patrol’, learning activity books, and a skateboard. The children all need winter clothing and the family would greatly appreciate food for a special holiday meal
20-014-4 Living on income from Dad’s low-paying job, this married couple with four children is struggling to make ends meet. Their 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed with “Partial Monosomy 21” – a severe chromosome disorder. She enjoys “Doc McStuffin” and “Minnie Mouse”. Her 8-year-old sister enjoys “Jojo Siwa”, baby doll accessories and cooking toys. Their 3-year-old sister enjoys musical toys, “ABC Learning” and Elmo. The children all need clothing and food for Christmas dinner would be welcome.
20-015-4 Unemployed since the pandemic hit, this widowed father of four has multiple medical issues. He was recently hospitalized with Atrial Fibrillation and also suffers with diabetes, high blood pressure, and neuropathy in his left arm. His oldest daughter has sickle cell anemia and the other children all have asthma. His oldest daughter (10) would love drawing supplies, craft kits, a ‘Barbie’ and ‘LOL’ dolls/accessories. Her younger sister (9) would love a styling doll head, “Shopkins”, ‘Barbie’ and ‘LOL’ dolls/accessories. Their youngest sister (5) would enjoy Play-Doh, sidewalk chalk, a kitchen or tea set with play food, and a baby doll. Their brother (8) likes ‘Fortnite’ and ‘Roblex’ and his favorite super-heroes are ‘Batman’ and ‘Black Panther’. The children all need winter clothing.
20-016-4 With a new baby and Dad’s job terminated due to Covid-19, this married couple is struggling to support their four sons. Mom is unable to work due to severe anxiety, bipolar disease, PTSD and mild depression, and one of their twin 5-year-old sons has moderate Cerebral Palsy and autism, is non-verbal and has cysts on his brain. Their 10-year-old son has a learning disability. He enjoys sports (fishing/baseball/football/soccer), card games (like ‘Uno’), trucks/cars and model kits. His 5-year-old brother enjoys light-up and interactive toys, “Marshall” from “Paw Patrol” and cars/trucks. The other 5-year-old enjoys “Peppa Pig”, “Paw Patrol” and cars/trucks and books. The baby (6-months-old) would enjoy blocks, books and educational toys. All four children need clothing for the winter.
20-008-5 Working for minimal wages, this single mother struggles to meet the basic needs of her five children, and she needs help providing Christmas for her children. Her oldest son has ADHD. Her 14-year-old son enjoys sports and fishing. His 11-year-old brother enjoys Panthers football, ‘Legos’ and RC vehicles. Their 10-year-old sister would enjoy board games, bath & body/makeup products, a jump rope and art/drawing supplies. Their 5-year-old brother enjoys ‘Play-Doh’, drawing supplies, ‘Legos’ and cars/trucks. Their 2-year-old sister enjoys dolls, blocks and books. All five children would enjoy bicycles (used ok), and they all need winter clothing.
20-009-5 Recently separated from her husband and caring for her mother who is in Stage 4 kidney failure, this mother is struggling to provide for her five daughters. Her 8-year-old and 10-year-old both enjoy tennis, ‘Barbie’ and ‘LOL’ dolls, craft kits (jewelry making) and art/drawing supplies. The 14-year-old would enjoy painting canvases and other supplies, hair & nails/makeup products, and board games. The three youngest girls have all requested bicycles. Their older sisters (15) would both enjoy bath & body/hair & nails products, soccer, arts/crafts, painting/drawing supplies and a throw/blanket. All five children need clothing, and food for a special holiday meal would be greatly appreciated.
20-010-5 Having been a stay-at-home mom for almost fifteen years, this mother of five sons lost her husband suddenly in May. After he died, the family had to move into an apartment. Her 6-year-old son has level 2 autism, intellectual disability and sensory processing disorder. He enjoys blocks, books, trucks/cars/motorcycles/tractors and military figures. His 10-year-old brother enjoys ‘Minecraft’, football, ‘Legos’ and model kits. Their 13-year-old brother enjoys art/drawing supplies, football (Carolina Panthers) and craft/model kits. Their 4-year-old brother enjoys coloring books/crayons/markers, super-heroes (‘Iron Man’ and ‘Hulk’) and cars/trucks/tractors/motorcycles. The 1-year-old enjoys blocks, books, and educational toys. Winter clothing is needed for all five boys.
20-707-3 In nursing school while working as a nursing assistant at UNC, this single mother’s hours were dramatically decreased and she is struggling to pay her bills. Her 7-year-old son has a learning disability, ADHD, ODD and epilepsy and her 1-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with hemophilia so medical expenses for testing and treatment will be increasing. Without assistance, she will be unable to provide Christmas for her children. Her 9-year-old daughter enjoys soccer, ‘Anime’, art/drawing, and hair & nails/bath & body/makeup products. Her son (7) likes science kits, ‘Legos’, hockey (the Hurricanes), and soccer (he would like to get a soccer ball). The 1-year-old girl likes “Bubble Guppies”, baby dolls, stuffed animals and bubbles. Winter clothing is needed for all three children and the family would appreciate food for a special holiday meal.
20-708-3 Having adopted her three step-grandsons, all of whom have special needs (ADHD, PTSD and learning disabilities), this grandmother is requesting assistance with Christmas this year. Her adult son lost his job and moved with them, and she is the sole wage-earner for her family of six and is struggling to pay the bills. The 8-year-old likes ‘Minecraft’, ‘Pokemon’, ‘Beyblades’ and board games. His 7-year-old brother loves all types of art, making and building things, soft blankets and stuffed animals. Their youngest brother (6) loves educational toys, games, books and puzzle books. The boys all need winter clothing.
20-712-3 After being laid off from her job due to the pandemic, this divorced mother of three is receiving minimal unemployment and struggling to pay her bills. Without assistance, she will be unable to provide Christmas for her sons, all of whom have medical issues (one has ADHD, one has severe depression and the other is on the autism spectrum, has ADHD, severe anxiety and immune deficiency. All three children need winter clothing, and the family would welcome food for Christmas dinner. Her 16-year-old would enjoy a detailing kit for car, fishing rod and tackle box and gift cards for gasoline. His 14-year-old brother would enjoy a basketball, ‘Uno’ cards and board games. Their 11-year-old brother would enjoy drawing supplies, fishing gear and anything ‘firefighter’ or ‘police’.
20-713-3 Having recently had a new baby and receiving no child support, this mother of three is unable to work and struggling to provide for her family. Her oldest son (17) would like an electric razor/shaving kit, art/drawing supplies and a bike or skateboard (used is fine). His 10-year-old sister would enjoy painting supplies, dry erase board and ‘Roblox’ items. Their 6-month-old sister would enjoy a play mat, bouncy seat (used is fine), and stuffed animals. The children all need clothing, and food for a holiday meal would be greatly appreciated.
20-709-4 Only temporarily approved for unemployment benefits, this single mother is helping her four children with remote learning. Her income is not enough to cover her bills much less pay for Christmas gifts. Her daughter (14) enjoys art/drawing/painting, hair & nails/bath & body products, and ‘Spongebob’. Her 10-year-old brother likes ‘Minecraft’, science (rock collections), craft kits and sports (football/basketball). Their twin brothers (7) enjoy ‘Legos’, football, basketball and RC cars/trucks. The children all need winter clothing.
20-702-5 Out of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this single mother of five, who suffers with asthma, is trying to make ends meet on child support and food stamps, but her expenses exceed her income. Without help, she will be unable to provide Christmas for her children. Her son (13) has celiac disease (autoimmune disorder) and numerous allergies. Her oldest daughter (16) has severe PTSD and juvenile arthritis. The children all need clothing for the winter, and food for a special holiday meal would be welcome. Her oldest daughter (16) would like art/drawing supplies, hair & nails/makeup products and a throw/blanket. Her brother (13) is very artistic and enjoys making jewelry and pocketbooks. His special request is a sewing machine, and he would like material and accessories for sewing. Their 9-year-old sister likes ‘LOL’, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Descendants’ dolls, board games and drawing/crafts. Their 3-year-old twin sisters enjoy dress-up, cooking kits/play food, and ‘LOL’ and baby dolls.
20-902-1 Losing two family members to Covid-19 (her grandmother and great aunt), this single mother has also lost her job and is trying to stop foreclosure on her home. She suffers from IBS and HBP and recently had surgery on her foot for plantar fasciitis. Her 14-year-old daughter would enjoy board games (especially the original ‘Monopoly’), a black wallet, art/drawing supplies and books. She also needs winter clothing.
20-903-2 Unable to work due to major health issues (diabetes, depression & anxiety, amputations, severe infections and asthma), this widowed mother of two lost her husband in 2019, leaving them homeless. Her 11-year-old son suffers from asthma, brain meningitis,
20-903-3 This single father is raising three children alone and is struggling to make ends meet on his minimal income. Without support, he will be unable to provide Christmas for his children. His daughter (age 6) enjoys drawing/crafts, tea/kitchen sets, ‘Barbie’ and dress-up. His youngest son (11) likes football, basketball, RC vehicles and ‘Dragon Ball-Z’. Their older brother (16) also enjoys RC vehicles and football and would appreciate an electric shaver. The children all need clothing, and food for a special holiday meal would be welcome.
20-904-3 Unemployed and unable to cover her bills, this single mother is unable to provide Christmas for her twin daughters and son. The family would appreciate food for Christmas dinner, and all three children need clothing. Her twin girls (10) both enjoy craft kits, drawing/paints, hair & nails/bath & body products and ‘Barbie’. Her son (14) enjoys science, books, football and baseball, and he would appreciate a watch.
20-905-3 Living with her parents to share expenses, this single mother of three has meager wages and is struggling to pay her bills. Without assistance, she will be unable to provide Christmas for her children. Her 7-year-old daughter enjoys coloring books & crayons/markers, ‘Barbie’ and baby dolls, and stuffed animals. Her older son (9) likes football and basketball, ‘Legos’, trucks/cars and race cars. Her youngest son (2) also likes trucks and cars as well as ‘Paw Patrol’ and “Blue’s Clues”. The children all need winter clothing.
20-906-3 Dealing with multiple crises, this family is struggling to pay their bills and is requesting assistance to provide Christmas for their three children. They lost their home, which negatively impacted their credit, and they were both laid off work during the Covid-19 outbreak. Their son (6) has multiple disabilities (learning disability, hearing loss, and a sensory disorder). Their 18-year-old daughter also has a learning disability. Also in the home is their 21-year-old daughter. Their son (6) would enjoy the ‘Jurassic World-Indoraptor’ dinosaur, super-heroes (‘Ironman’ or ‘Spiderman’, and craft kits. Their 7-year-old daughter would enjoy ‘Owleez Flying Baby Owl’, ‘SnapStar’ or ‘Kinder Kid’ dolls and a stroller. Her special request is a purple or pink kid’s tablet. Their older sister (18) would enjoy Seahawks or Duke hoodies and bath & body products. The children all need winter clothing.
20-900-4 This married couple with four children is struggling to make ends meet since Mom lost her job due to Covid-19. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Wagner’s disease, severe depression and anxiety. One of their 9-year-old twins has kidney and bladder disease, and their older son (15) also suffers with depression. One of the twin boys (9) enjoys ‘SpongeBob’, ‘Roblox’, drawing/craft supplies and science projects/kits. The other enjoys basketball, trucks/cars, RC vehicles and drawing/craft kits. Their sister (7) likes ‘LOL’, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Doc McStuffin’ dolls, drawing/craft supplies, books and dress-up. Their older brother (15) likes basketball, drawing/learning to draw ‘Anime’ and RC vehicles. His special wish is for games for his PS4. The children all need winter clothing, and food for a special holiday meal would be greatly appreciated.
20-900-5 Being a bus driver for the school system, Dad’s hours have been cut due to in-school teaching being delayed. He does work a few hours delivering meals, but this minimal income is not sufficient to pay the bills for this married couple and their five children. Their children all need winter clothing and shoes. The 8-year-old son enjoys drawing, ‘Legos’ and RC vehicles. His 9-year-old brother enjoys football, ‘Legos’ and dinosaurs. Their 10-year-old sister would appreciate drawing supplies, ‘Barbie’ and baby dolls, ‘Frozen’ items and a throw/blanket. The 16-year-old girl enjoys books (fantasy, sci-fi and romance), art/drawing/craft supplies and bath & body/makeup products. The oldest girl (17) would appreciate art/drawing supplies, craft kits and a throw/blanket.
20-900-6 Raising six grandchildren, these married grandparents are living on Granddad’s salary and struggling to cover their expenses. Their four grandsons all enjoy the same things: sports of all kinds, trucks/cars, race cars, board games and skateboarding. Special wishes for two of the boys are bicycles and the older boy (11) would love a basketball goal (gently used is fine). Their 4-year-old granddaughter would love an inter-racial baby doll with extra clothes and a stroller, a tea-set and dress-up clothes. The youngest daughter is 2 months old and would enjoy blocks and age-appropriate toys. All children need clothing and food for a holiday meal would be greatly appreciated.
20-901-6 Due to the pandemic, the company where this separated mother worked has closed. Her expenses exceed her income and without assistance, she will be unable to provide Christmas for her six sons. The children all need winter clothing. Her oldest (13) is interested in team sports (football and basketball), trucks/cars and model kits. A special request would be for games for the PS4. His younger brother (10) is a Panther football fan. He also likes RC vehicles, art/drawing, and building things (would enjoy a tool kit). Their 9-year-old brother likes sports (football, basketball, and wrestling), ‘Transformers’ and board games. The 7-year-old likes drawing & craft kits, dinosaurs and super-heroes. The 4-year-old likes toys that make noise (like a toy tablet) and super-heroes (‘The Incredibles’). The baby (1) likes books that make noise, pull toys and educational toys.
20-E-062 Due to a previous hip replacement, this single lady who lives alone is unable to get out much. She has requested underwear, long gowns, jeans, and hand sanitizer. She also enjoys word searches. A special request is ‘nuts, fruits and candy’.
20-E-063 This disabled lady suffers with diabetes, and has no close family to help other than an elderly relative who is also in poor health and cannot help. She would appreciate toiletry items, pajamas, and books (loves Danielle Steele). Fruit and other food items would also be welcome.
20-E-066 After a recent hospital stay due to an intestinal blockage, this elderly lady lives on a fixed income and would love to be remembered at Christmas. She needs washcloths, socks and a church dress. She also loves to play games and has requested a notebook and pens for keeping score!
20-E-067 Due to knee surgery, this elderly lady living alone cannot stand for long and walks with a cane. Her adult son who had lived with her recently passed away. She enjoys cooking and would appreciate food for a Christmas dinner. She also needs queen-sized sheets for her bed, and a Walmart gift card would be helpful.
20-E-068 This mentally-disabled lady with a speech impediment would like to be remembered at Christmas. She receives case management and some assistance with care from her family. She loves coats and has requested a long coat to keep her warm (no wool or fur, please!). She would also appreciate knee socks and a kitten picture book. A gift card to Dollar Tree or Walmart would be appreciated.
20-E-069 Due to serious heart disease, this elderly woman is unable to work. She also suffers with severe arthritis and has pulmonary issues that require use of an inhaler. She has requested a jogging suit, full-sized sheets, and body soap. A Walmart gift card would be greatly appreciated.
20-E-712 This widowed mother suffering with diabetes and arthritis is sole provider for her son with Lupus and daughter with learning disabilities. Mom and daughter would appreciate toiletries and her son would like stretchy clothing. The family enjoys jigsaw puzzles and word games, and need toothpaste.
20-E-713 Living alone, this elderly gentleman has multiple medical issues (joint pain, COPD, diabetes, gallbladder surgery and eye problems). He needs socks, groceries and queen-sized bed linens.
20-E-714 Bedbound with heart problems, this elderly lady is living on a limited income and would appreciate help this Christmas. She would appreciate short-sleeved or sleeveless nightgowns and a gift card to Food Lion.