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Struggling mom receives help from community to give son merry Christmas

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A local mother was struggling to make ends meet and provide gifts for her son on Christmas and his birthday.

"I'm trying everything that I can and I still am not making it," Melissa DeBoer said.

She is a single mom. Her son Connor turned 9-years-old on Wednesday.

DeBoer wishes she could have gave him gifts, but all she could do was bake a cake.

"I went to the food pantry earlier this month and they gave me a couple of cake mixes and I said 'well, I can make the frosting, no problem,'" DeBoer said.

DeBoer is a full-time student at Delta College. She is studying to be a medical administrative assistant.

She works part time, but her hours have been trimmed back lately. Which means there's no extra money for gifts. DeBoer said classes forced her to miss the deadline for Christmas assistance from the Salvation Army in Midland County.

"For myself I couldn't care less. I could get by with nothing, but when it comes to my son it breaks my heart to not be able to provide for him," she said.

She reached out to the Rescue Squad in hopes someone would help give Connor a happy birthday.

Her community stepped up and gave Connor a birthday he won't forget.

Gary Jacobs welcomed Connor and his mom to his home.

"When I saw I had the extra stuff I figured what the hey, I'd try to help out," Jacobs said.

He gave Connor boxes of new action figures and Hot Wheels cars, among other things.

"It's really amazing," Connor said.

His mother was amazed with the response.

"When I first called WNEM I had hoped for you know, maybe just some phone numbers for programs to get help with, but never did I expect this much of a response," DeBoer said.

After a stop at Jacob's house the family made their way to Media Reload in Saginaw Township. The store manager, Eric Tinnin, was there waiting to surprise Connor with a shopping spree.

"We try to do the best we can in our communities in the Flint and Saginaw area. This was an amazing opportunity for us and we're glad we did it," Tinnin said.

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