LIMA — Kelly spent a good part of her adult life working in a nursing home lifting people in and out of bed and caring for them in many other ways.
She always thought she would be working. But sometimes life delivers some tough blows. Fifteen years ago, she threw out her back while working and has been disabled ever since.
She also has issues thanks to problems from a gunshot in the back at the hands of an ex-boyfriend 25 years ago. That doesn’t help her problems.
Kelly sleeps on a couch in an old house she rents for $400 a month. The landlord barely keeps the house livable patching holes in the floor and other places.
Kelly wants to have surgery but can’t until she gets a bed. More than anything she wants a bed for Christmas so she doesn’t have to sleep on the couch as she has the past six years.
“I want to have back surgery but I don’t have a bed,” she said. “I couldn’t afford a bed.”
Kelly also could use a winter coat, size 4XL.
Her only income is $710 a month in disability and a food card.
“It’s so hard when you’re trying to save a dollar,” she said.
Kelly, who also has heart problems, is not asking for much but having very little money she cannot even set money aside for anything.
“It seems like a whole lot when you don’t have it,” Kelly said.
After all she’s been through, Kelly is thankful she’s alive. With a bullet still in her back as a reminder how close she came to dying, Kelly feels fortunate.
She just needs a little help and is hoping someone with some good fortune and holiday cheer can help her out.
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