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Rockford mom struggling in economy encourages others to give to Toys for Tots
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ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Rockford woman is going to school full-time, trying to find work, and is raising her 15-month-old son on her own. And like so many others in our community, she is struggling financially. And she is encouraging people to give to Toys for Tots this holiday season.

Rachel Kreplick wants to provide a Christmas for her son, but the challenges of Michigan's economy are making that difficult.

Like many students, Kreplick uses her student loans to bridge financial gaps. She's also applied for jobs at gas stations and for seasonal work, but has not had any luck.

"I put in applications all the time, but I have not gotten one call back," Kreplick says. "I was depending on my student loan to give my son a Christmas, but it's not going to happen.

"I wanted to give him something. It's just the two of us, and I wanted to provide something for him to be happy. Just get a couple of gifts for him...just a couple little gifts."

Kreplick missed the registration deadline for Toys for Tots, but has found help through another local charity -- the Santa Claus Girls, where she also volunteers.

"Everyone is affected right now with the economy and everything that's going on, and I understand that, but it made me feel a bit better that even though I won't get the presents I need, I can still give out and I will feel better," she says.

Although Kreplick can't give her son the Christmas she wanted, she's encouraging others to give.

"If you haven't donated a gift or clothing or anything -- even if it's just a $5 toy from the dollar store -- please do," she says. "Please, please, please do."

Click here for a list of Toys for Tots drop-off sites.

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