The Patriot Ledger's 20th annual holiday charity drive will provide valuable help for needs that state and federal grants can't address. The charity has raised more than $2.8 million since 1998.

David's wife struggles with drug addiction. She had been through treatment, but relapsed and is now in another program. He supports her recovery, but he is now raising their two boys on his own, with only one paycheck coming in.

The couple fell behind on rent and were evicted from their home in April. Since then, David and the boys have been bouncing around, staying with family and friends. Wherever he and the boys are staying, David drives the boys to school in their hometown of Hull, believing they need the stability of staying in the school system they've always known.

David has found a new apartment in Hull that he can afford, but he doesn't have enough money for first and last month's rent and a security deposit. David, who has been working with Quincy Community Action Programs, is hoping Lend a Hand donations will help with those expenses so his boys can have their own home again in a town that is familiar.

David wants his boys to have a stable home in their own community.

Source: Information for this story was provided by staff at Quincy Community Action Programs. Names may be changed to protect privacy.