Financial boost expected to help family ‘fill a void’
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent November 24, 2012 11:22PM
Ty Williams with her chilren Kevin, 12 an Taija, 11 at the Valparaiso Boys and Girls Club Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
How to help
Here’s how to participate in the Post-Tribune’s Empty Stocking Fund collection drive, which helps low-income families through the local Boys and Girls Clubs. The deadline for contributions is Dec. 7.
Make checks or money orders payable to Boys and Girls Clubs and send them to:
The Empty Stocking Fund
1433 E. 83rd Ave.
Merrillville IN 46410
Updated: December 26, 2012 6:15AM
VALPARAISO — Tyhria Williams said her two children have belonged to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County “for years.”
Kevin Jackson, 12, and his sister Taija Jackson, 11, particularly like playing basketball at the Valparaiso unit. Kevin, Williams said, has really honed his skills thanks to the practice he gets at the club.
Williams is going through a health care support program at Ivy Tech, so she can get a job in a medical office, and has another year before she completes her coursework.
She is thankful her family was selected to participate in this year’s Empty Stocking Fund, sponsored by the Post-Tribune and held in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Lake and Porter counties.
Since 1998, when the program began, the fund has raised thousands of dollars to help families in need during the Christmas season with financial assistance. The fund raised $4,395 last year.
“It’s going to be a big help because I’m going to school and I don’t have any income,” Williams said. “The Empty Stocking Fund is going to fill a void so (Kevin and Taija) won’t be sad on Christmas.”
The basketball program at the Valparaiso club — one in a wide array of activities there, which also includes other sports, arts and crafts, games, computers, tutoring and mentoring — is invaluable for Williams and her two children as well.
“It helps me out a lot because they’re involved with things that are constructive,” she said. “As long as they’re doing things that make them happy, I love it.”