5 Children, 2 Boys have Autism, Angelman & Will Prader Syndrome

Requesting: $500

Location: Anamosa, IA

My husband and I have 5 children. A 12 year old daughter, a 10 year old son, a 10 year old daughter, a 7 year old son & a 6 year old son. The 2 youngest boys have Microdeletion of the 15th Chromosome.

Both the boys have been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome and Willi Prader Syndrome. The boys require special help 24 hours a day. Between the two boys, they suffer from Autism, Muscular Abnormalities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. They both have developmental delays, speech & language impairments, movement & balance disorders, frequent drooling, sensitivity to heat and an intense craving for food.

I am currently working a full time job as well as going to school for forensic science. My husband stays at home with the kids and is going to school to become an electrician.

Between the cost of medical bills, utilities, mortgage, food and gas there is no money left for Christmas this year. For medical checkups and additional testing we have to drive the boys 57 miles one way. That alone costs around $35.00 per trip. We are currently heating our home with space heaters because our gas company has shut us off, due to nonpayment. We are behind $571.00 on the gas bill and our current electric bill is $1589.00. It won't be long before they threaten to shut us off. We have no food in the house and have gotten all the free food boxes we can get for the month.

This is our last option. We have talked to all the friends and family we have and ask for help. We don't know what else to do. Any help at all is greatly appreciated! Our goal is to pay off the gas bill so we can turn services back on and heat the house properly. If we can get a donation of $500.00 we will be able to put most of the money towards the heat and a little towards food in between paychecks.

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