On a typical morning, Melissa sends her two eldest daughters to high school, then does some work round the home whereas caring for her youngest.
“There are mornings when they eat breakfast and there are mornings when they don’t,” Melissa mentioned, including that she is at the moment unemployed and depends on welfare. “Obviously, when there’s (no food), they don’t eat, and when there is, they do.”
Last yr, the women have been signed up with the Breakfast Club of Canada, a company that gives meals for kids in want for a low price.
“But it’s still pretty expensive for two kids,” Melissa mentioned.
In July 2018, Melissa underwent bariatric surgical procedure to assist with weight reduction and again issues related together with her weight. Melissa mentioned these points pressured her to cease pursuing the research she had taken up once more regardless of being a single father or mother to 2 ladies.
“I had major health problems,” she mentioned. “I wasn’t able to move around the house anymore.”
The 38-year-old then obtained pregnant together with her third daughter, who was born in July 2019.
Melissa will often deliver her kids out to a restaurant for dinner or may have meals delivered to their house in Montreal’s Centre-Sud neighbourhood to have fun Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Melissa and her daughters collect together with her sister and her dad and mom at one in every of their homes. But a tricky monetary state of affairs makes Christmas a troublesome time of the yr for the household.
“Last year, we received a Christmas basket from an organization,” Melissa mentioned. “We managed to work with what we got. They also gave us used toys, and the kids couldn’t really tell the difference. I also bought them some, so it went unnoticed.”
This yr, Melissa will likely be one of many hundreds of Montrealers in have to obtain a $125 cheque from the Montreal Gazette Christmas Fund. The fund helps make the vacations just a little simpler for these in powerful conditions.
“I told myself that maybe this could help me either with Christmas presents or to do some groceries,” Melissa mentioned.
How to assist
To assist Melissa and her daughters, donate on-line at www.christmasfund.com. Donors may mail or drop off their contributions on the following handle: 2055 Peel St., Suite 700, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1V4