The holidays are a time for celebration, family and exchanging gifts. That's how the conventional wisdom goes. But for a lot of people, it can actually be harder than most other times of year. As Emily McCord reports, one local church is offering services to acknowledge that it's not always a Merry Christmas for everyone.
The Blue Christmas worship service at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton isn't that different than other holiday services. There are still hymns, a sermon, and prayers, but it isn't exactly joyous.
The Dayton neighborhood in which Harriet Parker and her husband, Oscar, live has neatly trimmed lawns and block after block of ranch style houses. She's raised four children in this well kept home. Now, she watches her young grandchildren there during the week. She's not sure how long she'll be able to continue helping her kids with daycare, especially after she received a letter informing her that she owed nearly $92,000 in a balloon payment to her lender.
Joan Kroc was the widow of the founder of the McDonald's Corporation. When she died, she left money to the Salvation Army to build nearly 30 community centers across the country, including Dayton. More than five years later, though, many of them have yet to be built. This week, the New York Times reported that only four of the Salvation Army community centers are complete. Many others are unfinished or haven't yet started construction, and they're finding it difficult to complete their financing. Joan Kroc left 1.8 billion dollars to the Salvation, But the state of the U.S.