Anaysha Penson just needs a little help.
The single mother of three boys, ages 8, 4 and 2, needs at least $700 to help get her car fixed. The vehicle needs a new radiator and thermostat and has been sitting at Rock Island Automotive, 1228 3rd Ave., Rock Island, until she can get enough money to pay for repairs.
Meanwhile, Penson has been taking the bus or relying on friends to transport her to her full-time job at Family Dollar or to Scott Community College, where she's a full-time student studying for her nursing degree. She is also six months pregnant. Not only is taking the bus inconvenient for her and her young sons, it's taxing on her.
Penson, 24, said the financial help meant she would be able to finish going to school and allow her to better provide for her sons.
"I'm a single parent, and I have my kids most of the time," she said. "I would be able to get them to the doctor's office, get them necessities and get to the grocery store. I could provide for them like I need to without having to wait on other people's time and wait until the end of the day to do stuff. I could go get it right then and there when I need it."
"I selected Anaysha because I can see how hard she's working," Rush said. "She's trying to make things better for her family. She has these three little boys who are a handful, and she juggles them, she goes to school, she works. She gets the older one over to the Martin Luther King Center for e-learning, she gets the other ones to day care, and I just see how hard she works. I thought, if we could just get her a little help so it won't be so hard.
"She has such a fun, little family," Rush said. "They're very endearing. When you meet the kids, they're just sweet as can be and funny. I just love them. You want to make them part of your family."
Rush said the MLK Jr. Center had been helping to provide bus passes for Penson until her car is fixed.
"But it would be a lot easier if we could get her car up and rolling," Rush said. "Whatever we can do to help, that would be wonderful."
Penson is grateful for the assistance.
"I'm blessed to have received this (nomination)," Penson said. "I won't have to struggle as hard now."