When Crystal Alington came into this world, times were tough. Her
father worked on a dairy farm in Erie, Pennsylvania, and to augment his
income, he also worked in a nursery and as a truck driver nights and
weekends. Some days he would work in a sawmill; other days, he would mow
fields for the nursery. In the winter, he would plow snow. He did
anything that could bring in a little extra money so he could put food
on the table.