Originally created 12/15/04

Ailing divorcee seeks help for her 2 children



A divorced mother suffering from health problems needs help to provide her two children a memorable Christmas.

The Aiken woman is recently divorced and caring for her 8- and 15-year-old sons.

The woman can't work because she has Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder affecting the small intestine.

She receives food stamps and child support but finds it difficult to pay all the bills.

The woman's children take good care of her, and she wants to make this holiday a special one for them, she writes.

But without assistance, she won't be able to buy them any Christmas gifts.

"They deserve to have a good Christmas," she writes. "They have taken care of me so much. I just would like to do something nice for both of them. Please help."

This woman will receive assistance to provide her sons a merry Christmas thanks to contributions made to The Augusta Chronicle's 74th annual Empty Stocking Fund. Last year, the fund raised $99,255.74 for 1,431 families.

Contributions can be sent to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Visit www.augustachronicle.com/emptystocking to donate online.