Make a Difference: Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

WHO: A mother and her two daughters, ages 13 and 16

AGENCY: Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

THEIR SITUATION: This woman, a single mother, is a nurse. She has been unable to work for the past five years because she has advanced liver disease, a rare disorder called Wilson's disease. She is unable to get to doctors appointments at Yale because her car is not working. If she cannot get to her appointments, she risks losing her spot on the liver donor list. She also has a service dog for mobility and diabetic alerts that needs to be retrained, and her illness has caused her to lose weight, so she also needs clothing.

WHAT TO GIVE: Money to repair or replace the car, pay tuition or rent, pay for driver's ed or to retrain their service dog; tickets to "Why Don't We" in Boston or New York in April; iPhones for the girls; a guitar; craft supplies; board games; make-up; gift cards to go shopping for clothes or books; pajamas and slippers; clothing, winter coat and boots for the mother; a wheelchair. The younger daughter wears size 9 jeans, medium leggings, XL shirts, and 7.5 shoes. The older daughter wears size 17/18 pants, large leggings, XL shirts and 9.5 shoes. The mother wears size 11 pants, medium leggings, XL shirts and 9.5 shoes.

TO DONATE: Drop off gifts at the PNC, 27 Chase St., Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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