The two teenage children live with their elderly grandmother, as Kristie (the widowed mother) lost custody of them as she could not properly care for them due to her illnesses (melanoma skin cancer, narcolepsy, ADD, and the legally disabling mental illness of Delusional Disorder.) Kristie receives $860 a month disability income, $400 of which goes to her rent, and she sends as much as possible of the rest to her mother and her children. She's survived several mentally and physically abusive relationships and is also dealing with court costs and legal issues as a result of these.
There aren't too many resources in her area to help low income families...what does exist in San Rafael is targeted towards another very poor area of town, not where they live.
Kristie has a teenage boy (16 years old) and a teenage daughter (15 years old) and three nephews and nieces: a five year old boy, a six year old girl, and a six month old baby girl.
Food and gas money is a struggle, and she's gone hungry several times in the past few months. They cannot afford anything special for the holidays. So, our magazine staff is putting together a Christmas gift package for the family, and I'm inviting all my professional colleagues to contribute. This is our holiday tradition...every winter we pick our neediest contributing writers/artists and host a donation drive for them with their consent.
She gave out her address for me to privately distribute...but I can also pick up and deliver any gifts or donations, so if you'd like to help, please respond and let me know and let me know where you are.
Reposted, from Kristie Ford:
Sizes and wishlist for the children:
Poncho - Michael - size XXL
Surfer style clothes - Michael - size 42/30.
Megan - size medium shirts, size 8 women's pants.
Puka shell necklaces - 16 yr old boy
Necklaces - 15 yr old girl
Knitted hats - 15 yr old girl
Cowboy boots - 15 yr old girl
Tennis shoes - 16 yr old boy
Bikes - Full size mountain bikes (men and women)
Sweat pants/casual - 16 yr old boy, 15 yr old girl
Shoes - Michael wears a size 12 men's.
Megan wears a size 8.5 (8 & 1/2) women's
Tickets to concerts: (check out santacruiser and savetheseals on ratemydrawings.com for their favorite bands). Also, check out their links (posted on sites) to YouTube accounts as well.
Please send or deliver gifts, unwrapped to 263 N San Pedro Rd #107, San Rafael, CA 94903 between November 15, 2009 and December 15, 2009.
Take the N SAN PEDRO ROAD exit.
Turn Left on MERRYDALE RD - go < 0.10.2 mikm
Turn Left on N SAN PEDRO RD - go 1.01.7 mikm
Arrive at 263 N SAN PEDRO RD, SAN RAFAEL
Turn left on Schmidt Ln.
You will see the Venetia Oaks Apartments sign.
Immediately... turn right into the parking lot.
Call Cristina (me) at 510-589-8252 or email me at email@example.com or contact Kristie at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or pickup.
Thanks so much for reading this, and thank you very much to anyone who can help! Regifting is fine, as is digging out any old gift certificates you'll probably never use. Gently used items are wonderful so long as they look nice. Reposting is great, too ;)