Opie's Angels strives to help those that are doing everything they can to survive and just need a helping hand to ease some of the pressure during the holiday season.

Here's another Opie's Angel Wish.

Dear Opie's Angels,

I am writing to you to ask for help to make my son's Christmas a little brighter. I am so ashamed to be asking for help. I work full time and also hold down 2 part time jobs. The state shutdown this summer really put me behind on everything.

My son doesn't know just how broke his mom is. The other day I got gas and it was $49. I said, "Wow, that's a lot." He said, "Like we don't have 49 bucks." I didn't tell him, but I barely had the $49.

I hate not being able to have the groceries he likes or to simply be able to take him to a movie that he would like to see. I feel bad even asking for help because I know there are so many others that may need it more.

Thank you,


Dear Joanie,

First of all we want to say that there is NOTHING to be ashamed of in asking for help. So many people are struggling and at the end of their rope and can't bring themselves to ask for the help they need and deserve. You were dealt a hand this year that was out of your control. The state shut down because our elected officials couldn't agree on our budget. There was nothing that you or I could have done to see that coming and prepare for it.

You are doing everything you can to support yourself and your son. Most people only have one job, you have three and still find yourself struggling. The fact that you have kept your financial situation a mystery to your child shows what a great mother you truly are.

Joanie, Opie's Angels is a program that helps those that just need a little relief during the holidays. It is not intended to simply be a hand out to those that aren't trying to make it - this is a hand up to those, like you, that are doing everything they can and are unable to get over that hump. We have been blessed this year and we know that you will remember our help in the future. We know that one day you will be blessed and be able to give that hand up to someone else. That's the true meaning of a community - helping our neighbors that can't help themselves.

For you Joanie, we are going to help you with a $100 gas card, $100 in groceries and some movie passes so you can take your son to see a few of his favorites at the theater. This way the two of you can spend some quality time together and hopefully some of the pressure will be lifted.

Please remember that asking for help is the sign of a strong person - smart enough to know when you just can't do it alone. We applaud you for being that strong.

Merry Christmas to you and your son Joanie.

Opie's Angels