Health problems drain family’s finances

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Medical issues have taken a toll on this family’s finances.

The mother, 36, is an insulin-dependent diabetic whose blood sugar levels have become increasingly difficult to control.

“It’s called brittle diabetes. I’ve been in the hospital seven times this year because of it,” she told Christmas for All.

The last time her blood sugar level dropped so quickly that she passed out.

It’s scary, she said. It’s also made it increasingly difficult for her to care for her son, a 6-year-old with epilepsy and other neurological issues.

“I haven’t been able to work in years because I needed to be home with him, and since he’s in school, he’s having trouble learning,” she said. She’d hoped to return to work once her son was in school during the day, but because of her medical problems, she’s unable to. Her symptoms have become too erratic, she said.

Her husband, the child’s father, the family breadwinner, is out of work now also. He was injured in a wreck when a deer jumped in front of his truck.

That’s meant more medication to purchase, more co-pays to pay and other expenses not covered by insurance.

“We put a Christmas tree up, but that’s it. We can barely afford food every day, our rent is behind and our other bills are piling up,” she said. “I hate to ask for help, but to be able to have a nice dinner and maybe get a little something for our son for under the tree, that would be an amazing gift.”

This is the 32nd year Press Christmas for All has worked to brighten the lives of people like this during the holiday season.

The program helps everyone in need, including struggling young families, seniors, people with disabilities and mental illnesses. Many are alone, and despair is common.

Through Christmas for All, these less fortunate neighbors feel the compassion of a caring community during what can be a very difficult time of year for them.

Each year, Press readers donate generously to the program. The money collected is distributed in the form of gift cards to those who might not otherwise be able to put a holiday meal on the table or purchase a small gift for a child.

Press Christmas for All is managed by The Hagadone Corp., with assistance from Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. It is a legally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, run entirely by volunteers at The Hagadone Corp., the Coeur d’Alene Press and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue.

Every penny raised is distributed to needy Kootenai County residents. All overhead costs are covered by The Hagadone Corp. and the volunteers at Kootenai County Fire and Rescue.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be made by dropping off or mailing a check to: Press Christmas for All, 215 Second St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

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Recent donors:

William Bollinger; Dennis and Sherry Irish; Richard and Marilyn Moore; Dick and Janette Compton; Thomas and Pat Collins; Faye Shankle “In memory of Joe Shankle”; Jack and Cherie Shinn and Sandra Clovis; Paul and Laura Kubica; Darrell Louks and Janice Oliver; Daniel and Yolande Neese; Troy and Barbara Newsom; Rick Hill “In memory of my Grandparents Ray and Ruth Jones”; Barbara Ketchum.

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