Kelly (not her real name) is the sole provider for her four children. One of her kids is in kindergarten, another in second grade. The two older ones attend middle school. The children’s father left the state, leaving behind nothing in the way of support, but Kelly does her best as a single mom to provide everything her children need.
She works at a local fast food restaurant where she’s been employed for several years, but her pay is low — just a bit above minimum wage. While her paycheck covers the family’s basic living expenses, there is nothing left for her to use on holiday spending. That is why every year for the past four years Kelly has been approved for assistance with Christmas Clearinghouse, a program organized by Interfaith Ministries and run with help by volunteers from area churches.