Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need. The series continues daily until Dec. 20.

Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need. The series continues daily until Dec. 20.



This young mother of two toddlers needs help with the heating bill and some warm clothes for her kids. A few toys from Santa would be welcome too.

Mom has been involved in the Family Nurturing Center for moe than a year. During that period she has faced many challenges. She lost her apartment, was separated from the children's father and had to get a restraining order. She also relapsed in her substance-abuse efforts, and entered a residential-treatment program for parents run through OnTrack.

Despite the setbacks, this mother has shown a strong commitment to her children throughout all these ordeals and she has been able to keep them in her care, said Mary-Curtis Gramley, director of the Family Nurturing Center.

"We believe this family deserves support," she said.

After graduating from the MOM's Program several months ago, the young mom and her two children, ages 1 and 3, moved into the trailer owned by a family member. The heating system as well as the water heater use natural gas. Mom recently was able to get a family member to pay the deposit to get the gas turned on after being without heat and hot water for two months. Although this month's gas bill has been paid, she will not be able to pay next month's bill without help. The family has no dishes, pots and pans, eating or cooking utensils.

Mom is attending four alcohol and drug-treatment meetings each week and without a gas voucher, she has to walk with the two children. Both children desperately need coats, warm pajamas, underwear and socks. The little boy wears a 4T and the little girl wears a 2T.

Although Mom mentioned the clothing needs first, she also said some educational toys for the 3-year-old boy and a baby doll for the 20-month-old girl would be wonderful.

If you can help this family, call Mary-Curtis at 779-5242.