Also, as a first-time mother, the stress and challenge of trying to care and provide for her 9-month-old son caused her to be depressed, she said. However, her situation didn't keep her from taking in her niece and great-niece after her sister kicked them out, she said.
"Even though it's an inconvenience, I much rather them turn my living room into a bedroom than be out on the street," she wrote. "She has no income, so I have to help her and her daughter get the things they need the best way that I can."
Assistance from The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund has helped families like this one for 77 years. Last year, the charity raised a record-breaking $122,000, which went to more than 1,250 families.
Contributions can be mailed to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, or delivered to the security station in the lobby of the News Building at 725 Broad St. Donations also can be made online at www.augustachronicle.com/emptystocking. Donations to The Empty Stocking Fund are tax-deductible.
The deadline to submit an application for help has passed.