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Goodfellows: Youngsters get care, Christmas, at Northside ‘Nest’
January 7, 2013
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 24, 2012
Karen English remembers how bad she felt around Christmas time two years ago, when she realized she probably wouldn’t be able to afford presents for her son, Emory.
Her car broke down about three months earlier, and while she was able to buy a new one, she knew that meant scaling way back on the gifts for Emory, whose birthday is on Christmas Eve.
“By the time Christmas and his birthday came up, I was in tears,” Ms. English said. “I was like, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’ ”
Her plan was to try to celebrate her son’s birthday as much as she could and basically forget about Christmas altogether — no deliveries from Santa, no decorations.
That’s when she expressed how upset she was to Gwen Marcus, the director of Robin’s Nest Daycare Center, where Emory, who turns 7 today, has been going since he was 5 months old.