Mother Turns to Salvation Army

The Charlotte Observer Empty Stocking Fund

There’s a long, straight scar down the center of Aida Hernandez’s chest: evidence for the single mom of both the pain and the blessings that she and her two sons have experienced this year.

All of Hernandez’s extended family lives in Honduras, so when she underwent two open-heart surgeries this year, all she could think of was making it through to care for her two sons, ages 5 and 12.

“I kept saying, ‘God, give me health and give me life, because they’re too young to survive on their own,’ ” Hernandez recalls.

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