Quinesha Oliver and her 11-month-old son live at the Hephzibah Children’s Home.
She recently told a staff member she had “never had a Christmas.”
Oliver, 18, is one of 44 Georgia teens (ages 13-18) at Hephzibah. There are 13 other teen mothers and their children.
Shirley Duncan, the home’s director of public and church relations, said donations have been coming in to the Hephzibah Children’s Christmas Fund.
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Duncan said the outpouring has been uplifting. People began showing up to write checks and “adopt” children for Christmas gifts. As of Thursday, about $3,200 had been received. A local church “adopted” Oliver and her son for Christmas, and an individual purchased clothes for her. Duncan said seven other children have been adopted and about $600 spent on their gifts.
“People have helped put the ‘Merry’ in Christmas for these children,” she said. “Many angels have brought messages of hope and joy to our children here at Hephzibah for Christmas.”
— Ed Grisamore