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Christmas Connection Families in Need

The Christmas Connection helps make the holidays happier for more than 500 hundreds families each year. It provides them with food, clothing and gifts.

We try to highlight the needs of some of those families in hopes that you will be inspired to help.

The donation center is now open at the old Goody's at Tallahassee Mall. Donations of new and like-new items are welcome and volunteers are needed to sort and deliver them.

CASE 164 CARRABELLE FAMILY DISPLACED BY FIRE

A Carrabelle family is struggling to make ends meet after fire destroyed its home.

The family includes a husband, wife, grandmother and four children ages seven to 15. The father has not been getting enough work in the fishing industry and the wife has recently been hospitalized. Two of the children also cope with autism and mental health problems.

The family needs food, clothing and all kinds of household help. Pots and pans, plates, utensils. The teen age boys would like remote control trucks, the girls would like a monster high doll, a baby doll and some books. The grandmother needs a coat and pajamas. The father would like some tools.

NEEDS:
pots and pans
plates and cups
utensils
food
toiletries

GIFTS:
remote control truck
remote control fire truck
monster high doll
baby doll
books for all children

CLOTHES:

Father, age 36
pants: 40x32
shirts: XL mens
underwear: 40 mens boxers
socks and shoes: 11 1/2 mens

Mother, age 34
pants: 3X women
shirts: 3X women
dresses: 3XL women
underwear: 10 women
socks and shoes: 10 women

Grandmother, age 56
pants: 3XL women
shirts: 3XL women
dresses:3XL women
underwear: 11 women
socks and shoes: 7 wide
*coat please
*pajamas please

Son, age 15
pants: 34x30 mens
shirts:XL mens
underwear:34 boxers
socks and shoes: 10 1/2 mens

Son, age 13
pants: 34x30 mens
shirts: XL mens
underwear: 34 boxers
socks and shoes:10 1/2 mens

Daughter, age 11
pants:10/12 girls
shirts:10/12 girls
dresses: 10/12 girls
underwear:10/12 girls
socks and shoes: 5

Daughter, age 7
pants: 10/12 girls
shirts:10/12 girls
dresses:10/12 girls
underwear:10/12 girls
socks and shoes: 4

CASE 324 MADISON GRANDMA CARING FOR THREE CHILDREN, INCLUDING ONE WITH DISABILITY

A grandmother in Madison cares for her three grand children, all of them are teenagers and one has a medical disability. She takes him for frequent medical visits. She can provide the basics, but has no money for extras or Christmas gifts this year.

The family needs towels and wash clothes and some new pots and pans.

The 15 year old grandson would like a bicycle and some cologne. His 14 year old sister wants a bike too, as well as a purse and some jewelry. The 17 year old grandson is asking for a cd player and a coat.

NEEDS:
pots and pans
towels and washcloths
coat (men's XL)

GIFTS:
bicycle for 15 year old boy
cologne
bicycle for 14 year old girl
jewelry
bath & body set
purse
cd player

CLOTHES:

15 year old grandson
pants: 18 boys
shirts: men's medium
underwear: boy's large (boxer)
shoes & socks: men's 9 1/2

14 year old granddaughter
pants: junior 8
shirts: junior large
dress: women's 8-10
underwear women's 7
shoes & socks: women's 8

17 year old grandson
pants: men's 36x34
shirts: men's XL
underwear men's large (boxers)
*t-shirts please men's XL
shoes & socks: men's 12
*coat please men's XL

CASE 30
TALLAHASSEE FAMILY
TEEN TAKES CITY BUS TO SCHOOL

Today we are hoping to make life better for a 17 year old who excels at school and goes to great lengths to get there.

The teen's mom lost her job and her home and the family was forced to move, but the teen wrote the superintendent a letter and asked to stay. He agreed, but now she must take a city bus to school and pay for it. She gets up at 5am to make that happen.

Most of all she needs passes for the city bus system, star metro. She'd like some stylish jeans, arts and craft sets and books - or a gift card to buy some.

She lives with her mother, three sisters and a brother - all between the ages of 15 and 21. They want a basketball, radio and a vera bradly purse. The family needs comforters for their beds and the women in the house would love some bath and beauty products.

Needs:
passes for Star Metro bus
comforters (full)
food
toiletries

Gifts:
vera bradley purse
radio
mp3 player
i-tunes gift card
arts & crafts for teen girl
perfume
bath & beauty

Clothes:

17 year old daughter
pants: junior 9 (skinny jeans please)
shirts: junior medium
dresses: junior 9 (skirt please)
underwear: 7
shoes & socks: 9 1/2

37 year old mother
pants: womens size 12
shirts: women's large
dresses: women's 12
underwear: 7
shoes & socks: 7

21 year old daughter
pants: womens 18 (jeans please)
shirts: womens 1X
dresses: womens 18
underwear: 8
shoes & socks: 8

19 year old son
pants: mens 36x32 (cartoon pajama pants too please)
shirts: mens large (thermal shirts please)
underwear: mens 36
shoes & socks: mens 10 1/2

18 year old daughter
pants: women's 14 (stylish jeans please)
shirts: womens large
dresses: women's 14 (skirts please)
underwear: 7
shoes & socks: women's 9

15 year old daughter
pants: women's 16
shirts: women's 2XL
dresses: women's 16
underwear: 9
shoes & socks 11

CASE 200
TALLAHASSEE VETERAN LAID OFF, TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR WIFE AND THREE BOYS

A veteran in Tallahassee is struggling to provide for his family after he got laid off from his job.

The family of five ended up losing its home and is trying to get back on its feet. He and his wife have three boys ages 9, 4 and 2.

The family has just one bed. It would like at least two more and linens and comforters to go with them. The family also needs pots and pans. The 9 year old would like a bike. The toddlers have asked for learning toys. And the whole family needs clothes.

NEEDS:
food
toiletries
beds
linens & comforters (queen)
pots and pans

GIFTS:
bicycle for 9 year old
learning toys
toys

CLOTHES:

54 year old father
pants: men's 36x32
shirts: men's XL
underwear: men's 30-40
shoes & socks: men's 10

34 year old mother
pants: women's 5-6
shirts: women's small
dresses: 5-6 petite
underwear: women's 5
shoes & socks: women's 8

9 year old boy
pants: boy's 7-8
shirts: boy's medium
underwear: boys medium
shoes & socks: boys 8

4 year old boy
pants: 4T
shirts:4T
underwear: boys small
shoes & socks: kids 9.5

2 year old boy
pants: 3T
shirts: 3T
underwear: boys small
shoes & socks: kids 8

CASE 137 CHATTAHOOCHEE FAMILY
MOTHER CARING FOR THREE CHILDREN, ONE WITH CANCER

A Chattachoochee mother is struggling to care for her three young children including a four year old battling cancer. He is now in remission, but the mother spent months at his bedside and does not have a job. She also has two little girls ages one and two.

This family needs warm clothes, coats and diapers. The mom would appreciate gift cards to help cover travel expenses when she and her son go for treatments and follow up appointments.The little boy would like a bicycle, cars and a football. On the girls list? baby dolls and learning toys. All the mother asked for is a set of pots and pans.

NEEDS:
Food
Toiletries
Diapers
Winter coats

GIFTS:
bicycle
toy cars
football
baby dolls
learning toys
pots and pans
gift cards

CLOTHES:

31 year old mother
pants: women's medium
shirts: women's medium
dresses: women's medium
underwear: women's medium
shoes & socks: women's size 7

4 year old boy
pants: 5-6T
shirts: 5-6T
underwear: 5-6T
shoes & socks: 6-9

2 year old girl
pants: 2T
shirts: 2T
dresses: 2T
pull ups: size 2
shoes & socks: 5-6

1 year old girl
pants: 12-18months
shirts: 12-18 months
dresses: 9-12months
diapers: pampers size 2, other brands size 3
shoes & socks: 2-3

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