Amanda always believed she would lead a fairy tale life. She was blindsided when her marriage fell apart, leaving her feeling terribly alone. Then she found Single Mom Strong where she met other women with stories similar to hers...women she could relate to and lean on. She had just attended her first Single Mom Strong event, where she heard about the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program when, after six years with her employer, she was unexpectedly laid off. A week later her despair deepened when her home was burglarized. Although she succeeded in finding another job, ironically, her first paycheck would not be issued until after Christmas. Struggling with the thought of asking for help, but desperate to make the holiday happy for her children, she swallowed her pride and registered for the program. When Single Mom Strong's Adopt-a-Family team arrived to deliver a car full of holiday cheer, she wept, overwhelmed by their generosity. The program provided a holiday meal in the form of grocery store gift cards, multiple gifts for all four of her children delivered by a encouraging people (like the one in this picture) and even a couple of things on her own wish list. More importantly, they gave her hope.