LIMA — Some might think it would be impossible to complete holiday shopping for six children with only $90.
But for Jessica, 28 of Lima, this is reality. After working 18 months as a state-trained nursing aide at a nursing home she lost her job in July.
Jessica, not her real name, said she applied for numerous jobs at nursing homes and finally was hired a month ago as a home health aide.
“I work 15 hours a week but I’m still looking for a medical assistant job,” Jessica said, while rocking her 1-year old son in front of their Christmas tree.
Jessica also attends the University of Northwestern Ohio as a full-time student. She plans to graduate in spring 2011.
“It’s time to catch up on rent and it’s hard to buy for six kids,” Jessica said.
Jessica said her eldest children, a 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, are taking the struggle to get through the holiday season well.
“My son asked for a PlayStation Portable but said to wait until tax-return time,” Jessica said.
Jessica said she’s been getting help from her family and her landlord, who’s been lenient about her four months of late rent.
“It’s been hard but we’re maintaining,” Jessica said.
She said she received some help from the Bradfield Community Center.
“I went to Walmart but stuff is expensive now,” Jessica said. “I got dolls and cars for the little ones.”