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None of my kids have new clothes ever because I can’t afford it. I feel so badly that I can’t provide clothing for my children when they need it. I know that they are grateful that they know that I’m doing the best I can but I don’t want to bring their self-esteem down because they have to go to school with holes in their pants.
Right now I have been able to put a roof over my children’s heads, I feed them, and they have clothing but I’m not able to really give them any new clothes. My oldest daughter wants to be an architect. She loves to draw and loves math. She will be successful. There’s not a doubt in my mind that she will be successful. I am so proud of my kids. But when my daughter needs new jeans, there is nothing I can do. Unfortunately, she has suffered from bullying and taunting since kids have been teasing her because she doesn’t have proper clothes to wear. She feels she can’t go to school because there are too many holes in her jeans; I can’t afford to buy her new ones because all of the money I make is going to take care of our basic expenses. She doesn’t let it stop her that she can’t have pants or anything she needs.
Since my son is the only boy, it’s really hard that I don’t have hand-me-downs for him. I only have one pair of uniform pants for my 5 year old daughter, and I wash them so they’re always clean. But I really need to have another pair of uniform pants for her school. It is really important that my children can continue to feel unashamed and proud of themselves as they continue to do well in school. They are all good students. The 12 year old just made the AB honor roll with perfect attendance. The freshman, my oldest, has such a drive, and is so brilliant to me and that really makes me so proud.
I am a single mother and am working hard to provide for my children. It is a balance to work to pay the bills and be home to spend the best amount of time with my children and be the best mother I can be. I feel I am balancing those roles well but I am not always able to buy my kids new clothes. As a result they have been getting bullied at school. I want them to feel good about themselves and feel they have basic clothing and uniforms that are in good condition.
I’m a single mom of 4 and am 31 years old. I work as the assistant manager at a retail shoe store. I have been with the company for 7 years. Everything I do is for my children. My oldest daughter is 14 and goes to the Chicago Agricultural high school, and the others are 12, 10 and 5 and are all in elementary school. They are all excellent students! I grew up in Chicago. I have been raising children on my own for their whole lives. My goal is to be able to support my family and be happy. I would like us to be able to live comfortably without worries and stresses every week to have our basic needs met. I want my kids to be able to finish high school -to go above and beyond.
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I have known Sierra for 2 years and she has some really serious challenges. She has 4 children and her oldest daughter is a straight A student at the Chicago Agricultural High School. All of her children are excellent students and they are being taunted because they are poor. Their clothes are too small and tight and tattered because their mother can’t afford to buy them new clothes. Her daughter is experiencing some serious bullying because of the way she looks. She is experiencing racial bullying too and this is the first time she has experienced this. I want to empower Sierra to not give up and to stay on track. To let her know that she can be the best mom she can be is important. She is a working mom and prides herself on working as many hours as she can to take care of her kids. But her kids are being taunted and bullied constantly because they do not have enough money. She is simply trying to help her kids be the best they can be, and she is committed to being the best that she can be.