Life has been spiraling out of control for John since his wife left home in October, leaving him to raise their three children by himself.
John’s younger children are in first and second grade and the oldest is in high school.
“Recently, Matt (the first grader) came to school with no underwear on,” said school-based social worker Gloria Conaway.
“It was discovered by the school and some underwear was sent home to give to dad. Matt told me that he didn’t have any clean clothes to wear to school.”
The family is also having money problems and struggling to keep their utilities on.
They will receive a Thanksgiving food basket from a local church.
“The school is trying to help the best that they can, but Share the Spirit will be helping out a lot by providing their Christmas meal,” Conaway said.
A Christmas dinner basket from Share the Spirit will bring the family a little joy amid very difficult circumstances.
Food basket sign-ups continue through Dec. 6 at DHS, 2020 Holly Road in Claremore, for Claremore, Oologah and Chelsea residents. Sign-ups for Inola residents are held at the Inola Ministry House; Catoosa residents can sign up at City Hall. Food will be distributed Dec. 20.
Applicants need not be on any form of welfare or assistance.
Many of those receiving the baskets are those who have come upon hard times, like John and his children.
Share the Spirit purchases food from local grocery stores to be distributed only to Rogers County families.
In order to provide the baskets, Share the Spirit must raise $24,000 this year.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to Share the Spirit, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or left at the Progress office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In addition to cash donations, there is also a great need for canned food items, which also can be brought to the Progress.
(Editor’s Note: The names have been changed, but the story is real.)