|Kimberly Peterson and her three kids â€” Alexis, 10, Caden, 3, and newborn Addisyn â€” are expecting a chaotic and lean Christmas.|
The single mom just gave birth two weeks ago to a beautiful baby girl, Addisyn.
Her son Caden, 3, is a busy boy with ADHD. And her daughter Alexis, 10, is in school and hoping for electronic gadgets for Christmas.
"There's always lots going on in our house," said Peterson.
"But sometimes it's a struggle to be at home, especially with a new baby.
"I'm on my own with the kids and it's very busy."
The new mom gets regular help from the Kelowna Food Bank and was especially grateful for the food bank's Tiny Bundles program that provides families with a newborn
a package of diapers, formula and other baby necessities.
"Diapers are expensive, so it's good to get some of them, definitely," said Peterson.
"And I am breast feeding, but I don't have enough, so I'm supplementing with formula, which is also expensive, so I'm glad it's in the Tiny Bundles too."
Peterson is on disability for depression.
But she tries to stay positive with the knowledge that she has three healthy children and the older two are looking forward to Christmas.
"I can't get them a lot," admits Peterson.
"But Caden is into anything to do with cars, trains or dinosaurs. Alexis at 10 is hard to buy for. She wants an iPod Touch, but I told her that costs too much. The baby really just needs clothes and diapers and some baby toys.
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Weldon LeBlanc $25
Heather Baker $100
Nancy Rockwell $100
The Staff of Keldon Electric
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Mr. Cornelius Pyne $200
Douglas & Helen Kaulbach $50
Jean Hadgraft $100
In Memory of Pat Brooks $75
Thomas Budd Foundation $1,299
Total to date $6,494