Holiday Wish Helps Single Mom Who Recently Lost Her Job
This season, Fun 107 teamed up with the United Way of Greater New Bedford to help bring a bit of light to Southcoast families who've had a trying year this year.
Helena Marques, Executive Director of the Immigrants' Assistance Center in New Bedford, spoke of a single mother who recently lost her job after the doctor she worked for retired. At just 30 years old, this woman is the single mother to two small girls and supports them with no support from government assistance.
Having just undergone surgery on her brain just before Thanksgiving, she is now physically unable to work because of her recovery needs associated with the surgery. This challenge is keeping her from receiving any unemployment benefits, as benefits are dependent upon the recipient being able to actively look for work. This family of three is headed into the holiday season with zero income.
Wareham Crossing and The Whaler's Cove both heard her story and got involved. Whaler's Cove provided the family with a gift card for Market Basket and Wareham Crossing provided a center-wide gift card to help the family with basic home needs and gifts for the girls.
If you'd like to help the family with additional needs, the daughters are 2.5 years old and 15 months old. Both could benefit from new clothes, learning-based toys and games. Their sizes are 2T and 4T.
Drop-offs for new clothes are being accepted at the Fun107 Studios at 22 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, MA . Checks can be made out to the United Way of Greater New Bedford with "Surgery Mom" in the memo.