Christmas Miracles Stories

Shine Miracles Campaign 2018

Client Stories

Family #1: Alyssa

Story:

I was struggling to find stable work while taking care of my two children and wasn’t expecting the news – I was pregnant again.  Slowly, the kids and I became excited about welcoming a new baby into our lives.  So, when I gave birth a month early and she was stillborn, the shock and devastation was almost unbearable.  While dealing with our grief and still trying to find a job, my doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroidism.  Now I see my doctor bi-weekly, making my search for work difficult and our financial situation complicated.

Needs/Wish List:

Alyssa:

  • Gift card for a spa day (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Mall gift card for winter clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Home furnishings & dinnerware sets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • New blankets, lounge quilts & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Gas gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Family entertainment passes (The Zoo, movies, etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)

Audra (12 year old daughter):

  • Mall gift card for winter clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • New shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Toys & Board games for family fun (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Pet supplies & toys for her Cockatiel (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • A new dresser (Currently uses boxes) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)

Daniel (6 year old son):

  • Lots of Legos (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • New shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Shirts & sweaters (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Pants (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Video games (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Pet accessories & gift cards to Pet Stores (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • Superhero toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)
  • New dresser (Currently uses boxes) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #1)

Family #2: Emily

Story:

I’m happily married, with two beautiful children.  But life isn’t always easy for us.  I became pregnant with my first child through an assault.  After meeting my husband and getting married, we had our daughter.  But supporting our family is difficult.  I have a permanent disability from nerve damage in my back, along with chronic pain.  And my husband is legally blind.  We’re on subsidy, as my disability doesn’t allow me to work full time.  But every day we’re working to overcome our physical and financial challenges, so we can give our kids a better life.

Needs/Wish List:

Emily:

  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Mall gift card for winter clothes for the family (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Family entertainment passes (The Zoo, movies, etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)

Baby Eva Girl 8 months old:

  • Crib with a mattress (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Diaper genie refills (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Baby toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Baby gate (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Baby’s R Us gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)

Boy Brennan 6 and a Half:

  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Superhero toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Lego (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Toy store gift cards (Toys R Us) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)

Dad

  • Mall gift cards for new winter clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Tickets to sporting events for the family (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Family entertainment passes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Date nights out (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)
  • Coffee gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #2)

Family #3: Christine

Story:

My husband and I emigrated from Egypt.  We have no family here to help us with our four kids under four, plus we have another child on the way.  I’m supposed to be on bed rest, as it’s a high-risk pregnancy, but it’s impossible with four little ones running around and no childcare support.  My husband works in construction but struggles to find enough work to sustain our growing family.  I also have diabetes, which requires daily insulin shots.  We’re overwhelmed…having to deal with parenting challenges and feeling isolated.

Needs/Wish List:

Christine:

  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Sofa for the house (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • New blankets, sheets, bedding (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Mall gift cards for clothes for the family (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Elly (4 years old):

  • Fall/Winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • New swing set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • New toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Cassandra (4 years old):

  • Fall/Winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Giant Lego set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • New toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Jaclyn (3 years old):

  • Fall/Winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • New Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Hailey (2 years old):

  • Fall/Winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Diaper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • New toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Michael:

  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Family entertainment passes (Fun outings, The Zoo, movies, etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Date night gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Coffee gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Mall gift cards for clothing for the family (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Future Baby- Boy Benjamin (Due in December):

  • New born baby boy clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Car seat (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Snow suit (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)
  • Baby chair or baby rocker (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #3)

Family #4: Claire

Story:

I fled to the States from West Africa when war broke out.  I married a Canadian, had a daughter, moved to Alberta…and became pregnant again.  He bought me a one-way plane ticket, telling me to return to the States while waiting for a background check for my citizenship.  Then he stopped answering my calls.  I found pictures of him online with my daughter and another woman.  I flew back and found our apartment empty.  I took him to court and got full custody of our daughter, but found out he never applied for my citizenship.  I’m a single mom, applying for a visa, and pregnant with no medical coverage.

Needs/Wish List:

Claire:

  • Home accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • New blankets & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • New dresser (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Fall/Winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Transit passes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Grocery gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Restaurant Gift Cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Family entertainment passes (Fun outings, the Zoo, movies etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)

One-Year-Old Katie Daughter:

  • Winter snow suit (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Running shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Winter hat (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Toddler toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Crib with mattress & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)

3-Year-Old Girl Madeline:

  • Toddler toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Play kitchen set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Play cooking and house set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • A live fish (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • Bowl and other tools to take care of Fish (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)
  • High Chair for 3 year old (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #4)

Family #5: Aubry

Story:

I had a difficult childhood, and I want more for my kids.  They deserve someone who’s always there.  That’s why I’m trading addiction and dysfunction for sobriety and stability.  A few years ago, my developmentally delayed son and I moved to Alberta.  We came in a hurry, leaving much of our possessions behind.  We were in and out of homelessness, trying desperately to leave my destructive past.  With a young son at home, and a second on the way, I’m finally looking forward to the future.

Needs/Wish List:

Aubry:

  • New blankets & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Running shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Grocery gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Blender (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Blue ray system & Movies (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Mall Gift Cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Radio/CD player (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Rocking chair (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Double stroller (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Family entertainment passes (Fun outings, the Zoo, movies etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Shine family food hamper(CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)

For Josiah (boy age 3):

  • New Blankets & Sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Train set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Wall decals for a train themed bedroom (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • New Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • New Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)

Baby Boy Preston (due end of Jan 2019):

  • Baby carrier, slings, and wraps (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Baby Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Baby swing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Diaper bag (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Change table (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Baby accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Crib sheet set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)
  • Lamp for baby’s bedroom (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #5)

Family #6: Hannah

Story:

My daughter was born with a condition where she doesn’t produce white blood cells.  If she gets sick, her body isn’t strong enough to fight.  For a while, we lived with my mom, then our landlord decided to sell, and we were forced to move.  Shelters can’t give my daughter what she needs, and suitable rentals aren’t affordable…so we couch surf.  It’s hard to find steady work, when I need to spend so much time with her.  I can barely afford clothing, diapers, and formula.

Needs/Wish List:

Hannah:

  • Mall Gift Cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Grocery Gift Cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Bakeware (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Pots and pans set (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Family entertainment passes (fun outings, the Zoo, movies, etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)

Ainslee (baby girl, approx. 9 months):

  • Baby Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Baby/toddler books (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Baby/toddler movies (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Bottle Sterilizer (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Toddler Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)
  • Baby accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #6)

Family #7: Molly

Story:

As soon as I moved my husband to Canada he became abusive.  Just five weeks after he arrived, I had no choice but to file an Emergency Protection Order.  Over the next few years, I learned our marriage was a fraud.  He never loved me; he just wanted to live in Canada.  Last year, most of my earnings went to pay for a lawyer because my ex was continually breaking the order and getting too close to me and my daughter.  We need somewhere new to live, someplace safe.

Needs/Wish List:

Molly:

  • Home Furnishings & Accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Self-Care Items (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Grocery gift cards (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Winter Tires (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Spa Gift Card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Shirts (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Family Entertainment Passes (fun outings, the Zoo, movies etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)

Megan 8 years old:

  • Art Supplies (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • A Princess Tent (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • New Bed (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Blankets & Sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Kid’s table and chairs (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • New shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)
  • Hair clips/barrettes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #7)

Family #8: Laura

Story:

My husband and I worked odd jobs to get by.  We didn’t have a lot, but we were happy.  My husband had to leave Canada to be with his father who’d just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and my brother came to “take care of me”.  He constantly threatens me and is abusive.  I’m five months pregnant, with no job; I’m scared for my safety, and the safety of my unborn child.  I don’t know when my husband is coming back, and without him I have no means to leave…but I need start preparing for the baby.

Needs/Wish list:

Laura:

  • Nursing pillow (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Rocking chair (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Self-care items (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Spa gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Mall gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Family entertainment passes (fun outings, Zoo etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)

Future Baby Boy Noah:

  • Stroller with car seat & cover (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Diapers and wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Baby toys & books (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • High chair (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Change table (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Baby clothes & accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)
  • Baby snow suit (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #8)

Family #9: Abigail

Story:

I’ve been through a lot of trauma in my life.  I grew up with an abusive mother, I’ve had people I care about die unexpectedly and sometimes violently, and I’ve recently left an abusive relationship.  I was also doing drugs for a while, but decided to get clean for my children.  I have an eight year old son and just had twins – one boy and one girl.  I’m working to escape the violence I’ve experienced my whole life and build a loving, safe, and caring life for my kids.

Needs/Wish list:

Abigail:

  • New blankets & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Home furnishings (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Self-care items (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Mall gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Family entertainment passes (Science Centre, Zoo, swimming etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Shine family food hamper(CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)

Andrew (9 year old Son):

  • Karate lessons (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Bike (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Twin Bed & Bedding (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)

Eve & Kyle: (Twins Son & Daughter)

  • 2 Cribs & Bedding (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • 2 Car seats (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • New clothes – Girl (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • New Clothes – Boy (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #9)

Family #10: Beverly

Story:

I was in my last year of college when I found out I was pregnant.  I had to choose between finishing school and becoming a mom.  I chose to become a mom.  My parents did not support my decision and kicked me out.  My baby’s father told me he wasn’t ready to raise a child.  I was abandoned and alone.  A friend helped me find a place to live, and I used my savings for rent.  I thank God for the resources in the community providing me and my baby with food and clothes.  I’m going to continue to fight for a better life for my child.

Needs/Wish list:

Beverly:

  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Mall gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • New bed (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Blankets & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Home furnishings & accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Family entertainment passes (Science Centre, Zoo, swimming etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)

Baby

  • Bottles (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Diaper Bag (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)
  • Formula (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #10)

Family #11: Cory

Story:

I’ve suffered a lifetime of abuse.  Growing up wasn’t easy, and I was subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse from my previous boyfriend. When I found out I was pregnant, I fled.  My daughter just turned one, and I’m very hopeful for the future.  I’m now in a healthy relationship.  He works and I’m currently taking care of my daughter and hoping to find work soon.  I’ve taken steps to make better choices, for myself and my daughter.

Needs/Wish list:

Cory:

  • Laptop (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Financial assistance to pay daycare fees (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • New bed (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Blankets & sheets (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Home furnishing & accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Mall gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)

Rose (1 year old Baby Girl)

  • Change table (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Baby gate (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Toddler dishes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)

Tom (Boyfriend)

  • Gift card for regular and work clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Coffee shop gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)
  • Family entertainment passes (Science Centre, Zoo, swimming etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #11)

Family #12: June

Story:

I am originally from Liberia.  But I grew up as a refugee in a neighboring country because of war.  My family and I lived in the refugee camp for ten years before moving to Canada.  My husband is still not with us, and I’m in the process of sponsoring him to join us.  We have two beautiful sons who miss their dad every day.  Things in Canada haven’t been easy though.  Six years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, and a year later I became clinically depressed.  But my children and I are hopeful, and we pray to God every day for their father to join us soon.

Needs/Wish list:

June

  • Reliable vehicle (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Laptop (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Home furnishings (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Financial assistance to pay bills (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Family entertainment passes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)

Jason (9 year old son)

  • Messi Barcelona soccer jersey (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Books (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)

James (Baby Son)

  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Formula (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)
  • Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #12)

Family #13: Mable

Story:

I’m expecting my first baby in the New Year.  I’ll be a single mom with no help or support from anyone.  When I was younger, I believed someday life would get easier, but I’ve realized it’s never easy and you just have to be strong.  I’m unemployed and struggling financially.  Rent and bills keep piling up.  But I’m trying to stay positive and make sure I’m ready for when my baby comes.  I’ve taken classes on how to have a healthy pregnancy and how to care for a newborn.  I’m hopeful my journey will get a bit brighter in time

Needs/Wish list:

Mable

  • New mattress (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Financial assistance to pay bills (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Winter boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Mall gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Spa gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Home accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Used reliable car (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Family entertainment passes (Science Centre, Zoo, swimming etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)

Rebecca (Baby Girl)

  • Car seat (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Crib/Mattress/Bedding (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Change table (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Baby accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Newborn snowsuit (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)
  • Formula (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #13)

Family #14: Nancy

Story:

We’ve struggled to put food on the table for the past two years.  We have a beautiful three year old son, and an almost one year old daughter.  During my pregnancy I had some health problems and wasn’t able to work.  My husband works two jobs to make ends meet while I’m at home with the kids.  But we still don’t have enough to pay the bills.  With financial struggles comes relationship struggles.  But we’re staying positive, and I’m even hoping to go back to school to help provide for our family.

Needs/Wish list:

Nancy

  • Laptop (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Winter Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Beds (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Winter Tires (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Home furnishings & accessories (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Family entertainment passes (Swimming, rec-centres, movies etc.) (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Spa gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)

Dillan (Husband)

  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Work boots (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)

Jacob (3 year old son)

  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Outdoor winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Bed (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Car booster seat (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)

James (1 year old son)

  • New clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Winter clothing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Car seat (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Video monitor (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)
  • Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #14)

Family #15: Natalie

Story:

I became an orphan when I was three years old.  When I came to Canada I was raised by my older sister, who left me when I was seventeen to survive and provide for myself.  It’s been hard to trust anyone.  I met my husband and we had two wonderful boys.  I’m pregnant with our third, but my husband and I are separating.  I’ve been unable to find work, companies tell me they won’t hire someone who’s pregnant.  But despite all the heartache, I find hope through the Lord.

Needs/Wish list:

Natalie

  • Laptop (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Winter tires (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Home furnishing (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Winter jacket (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Financial assistance for car repairs or a reliable vehicle (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)

Connor (4 year old Son) & Ryan (6 year old Son)

  • Winter clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Bikes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Nerf Guns (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Shoes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)

Baby

  • Baby toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)
  • Diapers & wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #15)

Family #16: Carrie

Story:

My childhood wasn’t very stable.  I grew up with my mom until I was about three.  Then I went to live with my Grandma.  But then when I was seven I was taken from my Grandma’s home and put into foster care.  They even separated some of my siblings.  I met a guy, who turned out to be abusive.  After four years I got the courage to leave him.  Now I’m pregnant with nowhere to live.  I’ve been couch surfing while applying for housing assistance.  I’m staying hopeful I can find somewhere to live and raise my baby.

Needs/Wish list:

Carrie

  • Living Room Furniture (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Reliable vehicle (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Laptop (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Grocery gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Mall gift card (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Family entertainment passes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Shine family food hamper (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)

Baby Girl

  • Diapers (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Wipes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Baby Clothes (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)
  • Toys (CLICK HERE to Make a difference for Family #16)

Any donations received above and beyond the needs of this family will go to bless other families involved in Christmas Miracles. Thanks for helping make miracles happen!