Equipping hardworking families in need

Family goes the extra mile to care for others

Pam Hildreth sighs as she surveys the mess in her house. Between her three children and two nieces, things can pile up. She pushes her gray-streaked hair out of her eyes. "I'm 38 years old," she says, "but I feel a lot older."

Despite hard work, Pam Hildreth and her family struggle to make ends meet.

It's a humid summer day in Thornton, West Virginia, and Pam finally has time at home to make some headway in cleaning. Between working as many as 50 hours a week, driving her husband to work because his car need repairs, running the children to babysitters or summer activities, and helping some elderly neighbors, Pam doesn't have much spare time.

Pam works at a Family Dollar Store, and her husband, Dennis, has a job at a convenience store. Together they don't bring home much income, but the Hildreths still provide a home for 10-year-old twin nieces whose parents aren't capable of caring for the girls full time. So the nieces stay with the Hildreths all summer, and on weekends and holidays during the school year.

This means Pam and Dennis have to find the means to feed, clothe, and provide basics like school supplies for five children. So when World Vision provided new, top-quality clothing and other basics through their church, Pam was delighted. She found shoes to fit most of her children, and picked up World Vision-supplied personal hygiene items like shampoo and lotion.

"I try to save up money and it don't work," she sighs. "Something always needs fixing." Pam is thankful to World Vision, which continues to serve thousands of West Virginia children and their families, providing them with the essentials they need to reach their full potential.

 

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