Holiday assistance in Michiana

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls have barely left our front porch steps and already families across the nation are turning thoughts to all-things Christmas.

But for some families in Michiana, big spending won't be an option this year. Like for Mishawaka resident, Lurentha Davis-Drakes, a mother of two battling substantial medical bills after her husband, a military member, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

"You just pray and hope that things work out," said Davis-Drakes. "That last minute some things come through."

This is the 2nd year Davis-Drakes and her family will rely on St. Vincent De Paul for help. "I've had success with a family that picked us last year, and I'm just hoping to get picked again this year, so it can kind of help out with Christmas and stuff."

Other Michiana families can find help this holiday season, too. Anyone who is eligible for assistance and signs up, will receive help. Even those who are not selected to be "adopted," will have the chance to receive meals and visit the "Toy Shop," at the St. Vincent de Paul Ardmore Trail location.

People can register for holiday assistance through Friday at 520 Crescent Avenue in South Bend from 10 a.m.- 2p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

If you would like to volunteer to adopt a family or to donate, visit the SVDP website and click on the Red Button. You can also contact Mary at 234-6000, ext. 12126.

Families can also find assistance through the Salvation Army Christmas Program. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, November 6. You can register at the Kroc Center in South Bend from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

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