Updated: January 9, 2013 at 12:00 am
This is one of a series of stories about the 15 nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking campaign that runs through the holidays.
Rosetta Smith tries to avoid asking for help unless she is in dire need.
But her daughter was going through a difficult period in her life, and without asking, she left her three children with Smith.
“Caring for them was too much of a strain for myself,” she said. Even so, she said she always manages to meet the needs of her grandkids — with the help of Mercy’s Gate.
“If I don’t eat, they do,” she said. Smith has her own 12-year-old son and works full time on Peterson Air Force Base. She lives in a home with two bedrooms and two baths.
”We have no extra money for anything,” she said. Smith works to save a little money each week so that she and her grandkids can go skating, which they love to do.
“It’s hard to explain, though, that we need food,” Smith said. “We eat a lot of noodles. I dress it all up for them.”
In October, Smith went to Mercy’s Gate for help with rent.
“They are very nice people,” she said.
Mercy’s Gate provides food, clothing, assistance with rent and utilities, medical help, as well as spiritual and emotional care and support, according to its website.
Mercy’s Gate has helped Smith with food, rent and gas, and she said it always does whatever it can to help her and her grandkids.
“I love my grandkids more than anything in the world,” she said. “Mercy’s Gate has helped, and I can always call and say what I need.”