Story 22

Four years ago Grandpa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, ending his ability to do heavy physical work. He says he feels fortunate in that he has had no loss of vision. However, he does notice he gets weaker day by day. Living with him are his daughter and her three small children. His daughter just graduated from Missouri Technical Institute with training in dental assisting. She enjoyed all aspects of her training and would like to find work in this field. She is disappointed that, so far, she has not been able to find work in a dental office. In the meantime she is working through the Career Center to find other employment. The good news for the family is that they have recently been approved for section 8 housing and are in the process of looking for a suitable house.

There are three boys in this family, a three year old (that Grandpa calls his best buddy) and one year old twins. A bicycle with training wheels for the older boy and tricycles for the twins would be excellent gifts for playing outside . A Bouncesational Bounce House is another gift suggestion for the boys to share – and to use up all that toddler energy. Grandpa says they have not been able to afford adequate winter clothing for these growing boys. They also need items that they can’t purchase with food stamps, especially laundry soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. When asked if he had any personal requests, Grandpa replied, “For me any of the gifts for the boys is better than great and I thank you so much I can’t put it into words”.