hurt when my first child got killed, Veronica said, as tears well in her eyes. changed my life. He got shot five times. Then the next year, my baby had complained about a headache. Six months later, he just died. We don know what happened. loss of her two sons sent Veronica into a downward spiral from which she is still trying to recover. She started drinking heavily and even considered suicide.
around and do the right thing, Veronica said. made a mistake, but God gave her another chance. Now she spending time with her children and doing what a mama is supposed to do. Tametris battle with drug abuse is only a portion of the pain Veronica has suffered with her children. Two of her sons died within two years, between 2006 and 2007.
Families are screened and selected by The Salvation Army to receive help.
They know it is a blessing that Tametris is here today.
family kept me going, she said. brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, they made me get out of the bed and keep going. niece from Jackson even came into town to support her during the interview for this story.
gave her back to me, said Veronica.
Community members have given an estimated $3 million over the past 17 years to support operation of The Salvation Army's Center for Women and Children, where the area's neediest women and their children are housed and supported in their efforts to overcome medical, financial, personal and other problems, including homelessness, in some cases. The remainder of the campaign's income goes toward meeting urgent and critical needs of some of this area's Neediest Families on a daily White Converse High Tops Size 3
Throughout her trials, Veronica said, their love for each other has kept them together.
Many families in Mobile and Baldwin counties struggle from day to day and throughout the year with health, financial, housing, employment and other concerns. When critical needs arise, The Salvation Army is ready to assist.
Just a few years ago, Tametris and her husband were heavily involved with drugs. Their lifestyle had become so dangerous that Veronica took custody of the couple's three daughters to make sure the girls stayed safe and sound.
took the responsibility to take over the children, because I didn want to lose my daughter, my son in law or my grandchildren, Veronica said. I took them in to bless and love them. And I knew one day their mom and dad would come back to me, because I knew they loved their children. day finally came in December of 2008. Tametris returned home after graduating from a drug rehabilitation program and has been clean ever since. The three girls Kristy, 6, Kimberly, 7, and Christina, 9 still live with Veronica, but Tametris is very much a part of their lives now.
Today, Veronica has moved past her depression and is a smiling, happy woman with a personality that fills a room. She has worked as holiday help with The Salvation Army for the last four years.
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She and her family are among those featured in the Neediest Families campaign, a fundraising partnership between The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama and Alabama Media Group/Press Register.
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Now in its 17th year, the Neediest Families campaign has helped hundreds of families as a result of the generosity of the Gulf Coast community. Traditionally begun each Thanksgiving and continued through the New Year holiday, the campaign is starting early this year to raise awareness and funds for The Salvation Army major charity of the year.
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