Deaf mom copes with lack of heat, electricity
Fund established for mother of eight
DAN BRANNAN The Telegraph
Guadaloupe Phillips of Alton is hoping to have happy holidays with her family but is struggling with an unheated home and no means of providing Christmas gifts for her children.
Guadaloupe is a deaf stay-at-home mom whose children range from age 3 to 16. Her children are Zekia, 16, Reggie, 15, Antonia, 9, Antonine, 8, Duronda Jr., 6, Davion, 5, D-adrian, 4, and Dayza, 3. Dayza has been sick recently because of the cold conditions in the house and it has been a concern for the family. The family huddles together each cold night under blankets by a wood-burning stove. Wood has to be added throughout the night to keep the temperature bearable.
Hearing impairment interpreter Charlene Edwards, of Godfrey, is attempting to help the family by establishing an account for them at 1st Mid-America Credit Union, 5301 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, 62035. Edwards, a longtime friend of Guadaloupe, sincerely wants to help.
She said the family definitely needs assistance during the holiday season and has to find a way to get the electricity and heat turned back on with cold weather ahead in December, January and February.
“Guadaloupe exudes love that no money can buy,” Edwards said. “Her kids are first in her life and her whole world. Two of her kids are in middle school and three of them are also deaf.”
For Edwards, the thought of the children huddled under blankets with only a wooden stove for heat was enough to try to get them public help, plus Christmas is approaching and Phillips has no means to buy presents for her children.
“Their furnace went out and there is no way they can light it,” she said. “She also can’t cook because of the lack of electricity.”
For Thanksgiving, a relative came up with enough money for Guadaloupe and her children to go to a relative’s home in Chicago. Also, it was a reprieve for the family from the cold conditions of the home.
Jared, the manager at Home Depot, made an extremely kind gesture and donated two heaters for Guadaloupe’s family to use.
“It was a way for her to keep her children from being freezing cold,” Edwards said.
The single mother receives government help through Social Security assistance for children. She is separated from her husband.
The key way the public could help, Edwards said, is to help her get her electricity and heat back on, which would enable her to prepare warm, home-cooked meals for the children. The family also could use quilts and firewood, she added, and any Christmas items for her children.
Guadaloupe told Edwards through sign language that “you couldn’t put it into words how much a blessing it would be” if she could get her electricity back on and receive help during the holiday season.
“She would be forever thankful,” Edwards said.
For more information about the Guadaloupe Phillips fund at 1st Mid America Credit Union in Godfrey, call (618) 258-3168.
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