A close friend of mine has had a tough year. She has soldiered on, raising her son with almost no support from his father. She's one of the working poor, making too little to survive living here, but too much to qualify for any assistance. I do try to help her, but she been hit with a combo of surprise bills over the last month. Christmas isn't going to happen for her, that's a given-- but she's now trying to pull out of a dive in time to pay rent on January 1st.
Like I said, I've been trying to help her. If you see this and feel compelled to help me, help her, email me and let's talk. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org