Hello + welcome to this tiny space on the internet! I created this blog (+ changed the name twice since) 14 years ago as a creative outlet from my career in the emergency room as a PA. After spending the past 7 (or so) years on social media outlets, I have decided to delete all of the ones associated with this blog and get back to the heart of blogging.
The other day while going through DMs, I came across many telling me how much they could use the $500 cash giveaway that I am currently running and my heart broke. There are SO many in need right now and I want to be able to help. My initial thought was to adopt two families and fulfill their amazon wish lists but when the emails came pouring in, I just knew that this could and WILL be something bigger. WE ARE PART OF A COMMUNITY that lives to raise each other up. I feel very called to this and I am putting every ounce of my energy and focus into it right now. I do believe that this could be an ongoing way to give back to the community as well so if you haven’t heard from me yet, please be patient! Emails are very backed up at the moment! This list will continue to grow DAILY so I will post when I add more and I will also let you know once we have fulfilled a family’s list. MY GOAL IS TO FULFILL ALL OF THESE and by the power of Christ, I KNOW THAT WE CAN. Every little bit counts and some of these are $5-10 items so just do what you can to help – it will go a long way!
This community will continue to amaze me each and every day. LET’S LIFT THESE FAMILIES UP in PRAYER and what we can do to make their holiday a special one this year. LET’S DO THIS!
Once the item is purchased, it disappears off the list so you won’t see what’s already been purchased!
1.) The Marzuq Family || I am a third grade teacher in Richmond Va. One of my students and his family is in need of assistance for Christmas. The mother passed away suddenly on December 1st from heart failure. She was waiting on a transplant and collapsed before that could happen. The family is the sweetest and they are always looking out for each other and for those around them. There are 4 children total, ages 18, 8, 6, and 2. Their grandmother has taken them on and expressed to me the need for help with the funeral and the holidays. As a school, we helped to raise money for funeral costs but they still need help getting presents. This was a sudden and devastating loss for them. Thank you for any help in advance.
2.) The Montesneito Family || Our family has a few obstacles his year. Mom, Erika, was diagnosed with gastric cancer early in the year and has been undergoing treatments – chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation and surgery since her diagnosis. Mom was hospitalized previously due to complications from radiation treatments. She’s tried to do all of her treatments while attempting to work full time to provide for her family. Dad, Aaron, has been laid off twice this year and they have both been unemployed since mom has been recovering from surgery in October. Our daughters, Lexie is in college full time and Stacie is in high school. We have been worried about providing Christmas for the girls since we have been having financial difficulties recently. They have endured so much watching their mom suffer through living with cancer and the side effects of the medications used to treat it. We would also appreciate prayers for our family during this difficult time. We want to thank you for your generosity in helping us this year.
6.) The Hansmeyer Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Several months ago her husband was in a mountain biking accident where he broke his neck and had crushing injuries to C1 and C7. They did surgery and flew him to one of the top rehab hospitals in the USA (Craig in Denver,CO). She had just found out she was pregnant with her third baby and has two really busy boys who are 4 and 2. They originally live in Duluth and have been displaced since his accident in August. They are going to Dallas to live with her parents while they figure out how much mobility he can regain. Brok (her husband) is a self employed realtor and she stays at home with the boys. They have overcome so many obstacles including her having Lyme disease and really are the most kind and generous people. I don’t know how much they will be able to afford for Christmas since they are in limbo and won’t even be at their own home. She’s having a baby girl after 2 boys so I would love to bless them with baby girl things as well!
A link to more of his story and images/video here!
Amazon Wish List for The Hansmeyer Family
7.) The Rivera Family LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
I would like to nominate a coworker of mine, Glory Rivera. She is the most kind, unselfish, god loving woman you will ever meet. We both work at an animal shelter in Pennsylvania where she is so dedicated to her work and the animals. She also volunteers her time and services with her church. She is married with 2 kids, both in elementary school. Despite her and her husband both having good jobs they are struggling to make ends meet. It is so horrible that in todays day and age a family like this can be one tragedy away from bankrupcy or homelessness. They currently only have one car between them to take both of them to work and both kids to school. They also have had the heat turned off in the freezing Pennsylvania winter. To top off all of this, their family cat just passed away on Monday and the family is devastated. Please please consider the Rivera family for your families in need. Even if it is just to ensure they can have heat for the winter. Glory would be forever grateful!! She has done so much for us and the animals in our care.
Amazon Wish List for The Rivera Family
8.) The Cavale Family LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
9.) The Harshbarger Family || I want to pay it forward and help my single mama friend, Amy and her 2 boys! Amy is also a struggling single mother and doesn’t have help or resources. She always makes sure her sons (11 and 6) are provided for and will help others in need and sacrificing her needs for those. She’s not able to get her boys any gifts and she’s in desperate need of tires, the ones she has on her car are unsafe to drive on. The boys need basic things like shoes and socks (included on the list). I want to bless her with gifts and tires this Christmas season!
10.) Anthony & Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || My little cousin Anthony has being fighting to live since the day he was born. He was born with Down syndrome and had open heart surgery a few months into his life. In 2012, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Ever since then he has been in and out of hospitals trying to fight the ugly disease. For a few years he was cancer free. Until the leukemia returned in 2017. He is the strongest person I know and he will to live is just so inspiring. He had been doing alright but was hospitalized again last month. A week ago we got the heart wrenching news that he has stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We don’t know how he’ll respond to treatment and this might be his last Christmas (praying to God that he makes it). I wanted to nominate my cousin and his parents and little sister to be recipients of the Christmas magic. If this is truly his last Christmas I want him to have the best Christmas ever. He deserves it. The only one currently working is my uncle and he works in construction so his hours are unstable right now as the stormy weather is approaching. It would be a blessing to get them help in buying Christmas gifts for my two cousins and just clothes. I also know how much they struggle with gas expenses from traveling home and to the hospital. I will be so grateful if you adopted my cousin and his family and gave them a Christmas to remember.
Amazon Wish List for Anthony & Family
11.) The Boatright Family LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
The Boatright family has been dealing with the devastating disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease, a terminal Illness). The husband was diagnosed in April 2018 at the young age of 40. His wife is his full time caretaker. They have three boys that are 16, 13 & 12 who all love & play sports. The boys are trying to keep up with their workouts & practices even though their Dad can no longer help them. He has always been involved in sports and loves to watch his boys play. This year has been extremely hard on the family & we hope to provide an extra special Christmas for them this year. Time is precious & not promised. Gift cards for gas, groceries & quick meals would be amazing for this busy family.
Amazon Wish List for The Boatright Family
17.) The Hartman Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Ryan and Kristen have a two year old son and Kristen is 18 weeks pregnant with a rainbow baby girl. Ryan was recently diagnosed with a high grade glioma in his frontal lobe. They removed a tennis ball sized tumor last month and patiently waited for pathology results only to be hit with the worst news possible. The neurologist and oncologist have given Ryan 2 years to live if he goes through chemo and radiation, months if he chooses to forgo treatment. Ryan chose to start the treatment this week. Because of his symptoms and diagnosis, Ryan cannot be “unsupervised” so Kristen has been forced to resign from her position as a patient intake coordinator at a local hospital to be a full time care giver for her husband. She hadn’t worked at this job long enough to collect FMLA so she is without a pay check. Ryan is an Army veteran and gets a disability stipend from the VA but that is all they are currently financially living on. Because Ryan will be right in the middle of chemo and radiation treatments they are unfortunately having to forgo all the normal Christmas festivities. I am heartbroken for my friend and her little family and cannot fathom being in her shoes. I know they don’t have any extra money for gifts this year and this would be absolutely amazing for them.
Amazon Wish List for the Hartman Family
18.) The Lord Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || A mom of three, wife, child care provider, sister in Christ, and now cancer fighter, Niki has been a rock for so many people. After experiencing the devastating loss of her brother earlier this year, she found out through a recent doctor’s visit that she now has an aggressive form of Stage 2 breast cancer. Had she not gone to the doctor for a lump (that ended up being benign), it may have been some time before the cancerous lump (that she didn’t know was there) was identified. Needing immediate chemotherapy, Niki had to abruptly end her in-home childcare. This holiday season will be a difficult one – financially, emotionally, and physically yet in all of this turmoil, this family of five continues to find blessings.
Amazon Wish List for the Lord family
19.) The Taylor Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Nominated by Kristie who is a teacher in the city of Richmond, Virginia. She teaches in a low income area where crime as broken apart many of the families. I have one student whose dad is in jail and her mother, bless her heart, is doing the best that she can. However, this child comes to school in clothes that are too big or torn. They could really use your help this year.
Amazon Wish List for the Taylor Family
20.) The Sheets Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || The “family” I have in mind to nominate is not a traditional one. There is a woman at my church, Sally Sheets. Sally is a thirty-something single mom of a ten year old boy. She works at a day care here in town (Lima, Ohio). Sally is known around our church for her big heart. She takes in children from her daycare or her neighbors who are going through a tough time or don’t have places to stay. This Fall she has taken in 10 children ages 1-12 whose mother has been in and out of jail. She gives them stability while the rest of their lives are uncertain. She brings them to church twice a week where they know they will get loved on. Sally very often has no clue how she’s going to feed the children she cares for, relying on the Lord’s provision (which of course, he always provides). In addition to these kiddos that are in her home, she cares for so many others at the day care. Many of those children don’t have shoes or warm clothing that fits.
Amazon Wish List for the Sheets Family
21.) The Vandygriff Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || “I’m nominating a family that is very dear to my heart. The family I’m nominating, is a (almost) single mom and 2 little girls. The mom is going through a really bad divorce with the husband and the little girls are definitely feeling the stress. The husband recently took all of their money out of their shared bank account so she is left with nothing. She has no money for gas or anything. I just want her little girls and their mom to have a wonderful Christmas and forget all the bad that is going on around them. This mom is such a trooper and deserves the world. I know she would be very grateful and so would the 2 littles. “
22.)The Vega-Medeiros Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || I would love to nominate my sister, brother in law and their 4 kids. My sister is married to a Mexican (he came over as a child and unfortunately has not been granted papers to come back to the county– he was not deported.. they were trying to do “it the right way”) My sister has moved to Mexico to be with him and let their children and their family stay connected versus separated. This year has been extremely difficult for them in Mexico. The immigration will end up costing them much more money than anticipated and they are not sure how they are going to afford it. Fast forward, they started paperwork to try and make Gustavo legal and bring them home. As they were traveling back to Mexico the airline forgot to place her carseat onto the plane, and has since been without one. In addition on the travels from the airport back to their home, a person stole my neice’s (7) backpack that had all her clothes and small amount of toys in it). I asked my sister if Lilly cried, and her response ” Well she got teary eyed but just looked up at me and said mama It will be ok, I am fine, life just isn’t fair sometimes and I have to know that”. My sister is probably the strongest women i have ever met. During all the hard times and the struggles she just tells me” heather, we will pray. If it’s God’s will, we will be home. If it’s not we will figure it out. Just pray, I am ok. ” During the time in Mexico my sister has also had to deal with her husband having a severe bone infection, which almost took his life 2 years ago, limiting his ability in certain jobs etc. He is hard-working and works mainly out of town (seeing my sister and the kids maybe 1-2 times a week) all the time. Her living conditions a lot of times has no running water and sometimes has only beans and rice to put on their table. I am sorry to have this so long winded, I just really feel deep down that her family is worthy of your adoption and how much it would mean to her.
Amazon Wish List for The Vega-Medeiros Family
23.) The Kelly Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Last year November 14, we lost our mom after a long battle of Osteosarcoma and it’s been very tough on us. I am not living with them as I am 29 but hoping to give a little extra to them this year. My father is now a single dad to 9 of us kids and 6 are still in the home. The ages of them are Twins boy and girl 6, Boy is 7, Boy Twins are 13 and Oldest son is 18. My father works nights at the moment while the oldest stays home to keep the kiddos safe in the home at night. Anyway thank you so much for doing this and this will surely bless our family for sure!
24.) The Famolaro Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || My mom is a special educator and works with children 5 and under in their homes that have delays. She came across a family today where the grandparents have been given temporary custody of their three grandchildren ages 13, 21 months and 2 months. She was just informed of the 2 month old this week. They are fighting for full custody because unfortunately the parents are not in a place to properly care for their children. The grandparents are doing everything to give them a normal life and nice Christmas but because they are relatives and not technically foster parents they don’t receive help from the state. They don’t have the funds to even buy diapers and formula for the 2 month old. It would be such a blessing to be able to give this family a little holiday joy this season!
Amazon Wish List for the Famolaro Family
25.) The Barbo Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Jeff and Gidget Barbo are high school sweethearts. They have two beautiful teenage daughters that enjoy baking. Jeff recently had a kidney transplant. The hospital is 2.5 hours away from home and they will be staying near the hospital for a while so he can get daily blood work, testing, etc. They will both not be working during this time while he heals. While this is a miracle in itself, I wanted to ease the stress and spread the Christmas spirit. I could not think of more deserving people. Thank you!
Amazon Wish List for The Barbo Family
26.) The Pisciotta-Raines Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || This newly single mother of two children (ages 4 and 9) was recently diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. I can hardly type the words. She’s in her early 30s. How?! Rachel lost her Dad to the same illness when she was much younger. She’s without parents and a spouse on this journey. You’d never know- Rachel carries herself with relentless positivity and grace and is only just beginning to accept that it’s okay to ask for help. She’s made a living the last several years as a model. She’s already one surgery down and she starts chemo on the 18th of this month. How much longer she is able to work/find work is truly anyone’s guess. Lord I pray that the industry is as graceful to her as she is to it.
Amazon Wish List for the Pisciotta-Raines Family
27.) The Tuttle Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || “I know a family in Texas. It’s a single father with a 6 year old girl. They experienced flooding during hurricane Harvey two years ago, and more recently tropical storm Imelda. He works hard to give his daughter everything he can and he goes without. He really wants to give her the experience of just being able to make Christmas cookies and go to the new toys r us store near them to pick out what she wants for Christmas then wrap it. She is size 7 in girls. He’s XL in men’s. She loves frozen, playing teacher, playing with her cousins, doing arts and crafts. He’s the type who would never ask for help.”
Amazon Wish List for the Tuttle Family
29.) The Johnson Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Miss Lyla (Mikayla’s 1 year old daughter) was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Mikayla said it’s a year of treatment and Lyla needs a kidney removed (she has since undergone this surgery). They were life flighted to Children’s hospital In East River. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her mama. Lyla has had three rounds of chemo as of now (this was October). Having trouble keeping food down. They are waiting until the six week mark to decide if Lyla needs help removing part of the tumor on her left kidney as they will have to remove her right altogether. Still praying for the best outcome as we cheer little Lyla and Mikayla on. Mikayla is a nurse and single mother who is having to take a lot unpaid leave from work to care for Lyla. They are battling with insurance as they are refusing to cover the cost of multiple ER visits, a life flight, surgery, CT scan, hospital stays and more.
30.) The Parsons Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || They’ve been in a rough patch for several months. They were living in a family members fifth wheel while they searched for a new home after relocating for better work opportunities. What they thought would be a couple weeks turned into 3 plus months. During those months Everyone kept getting respiratory illnesses one after another. Upon further inspection they learned the fifth wheel was full of black mold and likely the reason everyone kept falling ill. With Funds still being tight after the move they couldn’t get into their own place, but knew they couldn’t continue to keep their children in the fifth wheel, so they packed their clothing and spent most of the month of October/early November couch crashing with Arlita’s dad in his tiny town house. Her husband has been working any and all overtime his employer could offer, and By the grace of god an affordable housing option became available in the same complex as her father, and last week they were able to come up with enough money for a deposit and first months rent for a townhouse of their own! But now Christmas looks very bleak for the children. She knows they deserve a few gifts just like every other child, but is having to decide between Christmas presents or basic home necessities. This morning she told me the kids were using a box as a table to eat off of. Before moving they had to donate/leave behind most of the larger items they had in their previous home because they didn’t have anywhere to store those things. So here they are starting over. She poured her heart out to me this morning, just a mama wanting to keep the magic of Christmas alive for her sweet babies, but she her tired, broken, and at a loss.
Amazon Wish List for the Parson Family
32.) The Albert Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || We are a family of 6, & we live in northern Maine. This past April the transmission in our van went and we had to spend all of our savings on that. My husband works, & I stay home with our youngest, plus watch a couple of kids to bring in some extra money. We rent a very old farm house with poor insulation. It’s heated off fuel, and you have to get 100 gallons, or more, at a time. We currently can’t afford that, so we get 5 gallons a day. The house is never warmer than 56-64. I actually swallows my pride and applied for food supplement & fuel assistance. We get around $150 a month in food assistance, and the fuel appointment isn’t until February. I do attend an amazing church, but I go to Sunday school with the pastor’s wife, & I’m too proud to ask for help. I have been purchasing some clothing for my family at the nearby consignment store but we are in need of basic necessities. Thank you so much!
Amazon Wish List for The Albert Family
33.) The Lisa & Annah Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || I am nominating Lisa & Annah- a 50yr old single mother and 17yr old high school senior. They also happen to be my mom & little sister! Backstory, my mom has provided a wonderful loving “bountiful” Christmas for us every year but this year it is just her and my sister. They live off of my mom’s disability check and my young sisters part time job. It’s been a tough year for them financially and having an uncertainty of what the future holds. When I asked what they want/needed for Christmas this year, the response was: “Groceries” & “Clothes” I know my mom cannot do what she used to and is making ends meet paycheck to paycheck. She is so deserving and I would love for her to have the groceries they need this season! She is the kindest and sweetest person I know and I would love to see her gifted back all the love she has provided us over the years. God Bless!
Amazon Wish List for the Lisa & Annah Family
34.) The Manarite Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || My name is Jess and I am nominating my sister Justina. We try really hard to help where/ when we can but being a family of 5 there’s only so much we can do. She is just the best! She’s so caring and giving . She’s a single mom of 2 little girls who are her world. She had a really rough couple of years. Our mom passed away who was her best friend in the world and has a very small family. At the beginning of 2019 she got out of a very bad abusive relationship where she had to leave everything behind, they only had one duffel bag of clothes. She lived in temporary housing for a while and really had a bad year trying to figure out things/ life. She is now is a very tiny apartment but still needs so much. I would love for her girls to have an amazing holiday and show her hard work pays off and it take a village to raise a family. My nieces are the most caring 7 and 5 year old and don’t ever expect anything and know how hard work will pay off but would love to help take the load off just a little bit and give them a Christmas to remember in their new home with their mama 🙂
35.) The Little Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || I would like to nominate a single father, from my small group at church, named Ryan. He has a 1 y/o daughter and is in the midst of a custody battle that is breaking his spirit and the bank. He currently lives quite a ways from his daughter and spends a majority of their time together on his 3 visitation days driving to pick her up and drop her off. He is currently waiting to get approval for over night stays, but the legal aspect has been taking much longer than he had expected. He has had to cut back his work hours so that he can spend time with his daughter. He is falling behind on bills and isn’t making ends meet. He would rather go without than lose time with his daughter. Any help that he could get this holiday season would be such a blessing to him.
36.) The Sarah & River Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || Last December, my family got a call from our family friend, Sarah and her 8 month old baby boy, River. They came home to find a locksmith at their house changing the locks. River’s father tried to change the locks to their house while Sarah and River were not home in an effort to render them homeless. This was in Idaho, in 10 degree weather. Regardless of the reasons why he did this, he showed a complete lack of care for his 8 month old son and made no plan for where Sarah and River would live or how they would survive. He then took Sarah’s car and left her with a bank account that was over drafted. My family took Sarah and River in, let her borrow a car, and have been helping them to get back on their feet this past year. Sarah has gone through hell this past year, as River’s father immediately moved to another state and does not visit their child, has not provided any child support and Sarah did not have any money or a job. Despite this, Sarah knew she had to pick herself up and figure out a way to provide for her and her son, so she started up an allergy friendly cookie business, Happy Hannah Cakes (@happyhannahcakes). The cookie business was doing really well at Farmers Markets in Jackson, Wyoming, where she was staying with my parents. But the Farmers Market season came to an end in September, so my parents helped her move to Phoenix and get a studio apartment to work on a more long term solution. She is now living in Phoenix, raising and supporting River completely on her own, and working harder than I’ve ever seen anyone work to get her cookie business to take off. Sarah is doing everything she can to provide for her son, despite so many challenges, including being the sole caretaker/provider of her now 20 month old son. Starting a business requires her to spend most of what she makes at this point, so her finances are tight to say the least. My family is doing our best to help her with basic necessities, but I know Sarah sacrifices a lot to make sure River is fed and provided for. Sarah is the type of person who thinks of others even during her darkest moments, and she never complains regardless of how hard things are. She is the most resourceful and thoughtful person and I know she will eventually be successful, but right now she could really use some help getting through this season. I saw your community giving blog and Sarah and River were the first people I thought of. I hope they can be included in your list of families! I know Sarah and River would be beyond grateful for any help.
37.) The Sardina Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || “The family I want to recommend in particular are my neighbors, the Sardina family. They have 9 kids and live happily, gratefully, and efficiently in a 2300 square ft. cottage. They’ve recently adopted a little 3 year old little boy named Zeke, who’s medical file labeled him as a blind, quadriplegic, with cerebral palsy at birth. Here’s an article from the Buffalo News that summarizes Zeke’s challenges in more depth and outlines the families journey to take him in. https://buffalonews.com/2019/
Amazon Wish List for the Sardina Family
38.) The Trancosco Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || One of my coworkers could really use this adoption this year for Christmas. A year or two ago her second (of 4) oldest child became ill out of nowhere and spent majority of his time in the ER or in Cincinnati, OH at the children’s hospital. On top of all the medical issues Alex endured, he also suffers from slight autism, so you could imagine how traumatic the whole experience was for him. After many months of trying to figure out what was wrong, he ended up getting his pancreas removed and had to endure a long(life long)recovery that still effects his everyday life. They spent almost 6 months in Cincinnati for his recovery. The family had to drive back and forth every other day for work, animals, and school for the other 3 kids. Carrie(the mother) ended up having to take a leave of absence from work, making their bills get behind, as well as struggle to provide food, clothes, etc for the family. While going back and forth for appointments in Cincinnati, it came to Carries attention that her middle child wasn’t acting right as well. Because she has been dealing with everything related to her second eldest child, all the doctors did not believe her. Her 3rd son ended up being diagnosed with POTTS syndrome and one of his kidneys is almost nonfunctional(he has had to have many biopsies done). So, within a 2 year span half of her children have been diagnosed with major medical issues. Not to mention because of everything that went on, the medical bills are through the roof. Because of all that has been thrown at her and her family, Carrie and her family just cannot seem to get their heads above water. Still to this day, they have no idea how to make ends meet even working as much as her and her husband can. She tries to be the most positive person around and never ever complains about her situation. It breaks my heart I cannot do more for her. Her boys deserve a good Christmas with everything they have and still are enduring.
Amazon Wish List for The Trancosco Family
39.) Clara’s Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || My best friend’s 4 month old daughter, was admitted to AI DuPont Children’s hospital and was immediately intimated and sedated. What they thought was a upper respiratory infection, was actually an ALCAPA heart defect. She was literally the most critical patient in the hospital. She has now been through numerous procedures, but the damage to her heart was too profound. She has just recently received a heart transplant. She is now 8 months old and had been downgraded out of the CICU, but still has not been able to discharge. My friend and her husband, have been out of work since the day of admission. They are struggling to stay afloat. After her daughter goes home, she will need countless appointments with specialists, physical therapy, and will be on medications for the rest of her life. They currently have a GoFundMe account to offset their expenses. As of right now, their medical insurance is denying coverage to her anti-rejection medications. They really have been through it all. Anything that can be done to help would be amazing!
Amazon Wish List for Clara & her family
40.) The Martin Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || They have been through job loss quite a few times in the past two years. They lost their job and home down South and had to move back home up North to live with family. Because they could not get jobs fast enough the stay with family has went from possible months to over a year now. They are down to one vehicle because of a car accident and the car they do have is on its last leg and needing repairs all the time. The father took what job he could get and took a huge pay cut from what used to be their norm. They know they are blessed to have a job and a roof over their heads but trying to care for four children and their needs takes all of their pay with nothing left to enjoy the holiday season. They do have family close that have been helping a lot but their help can only go so far. I do know the children have adjusted well with moving to a new area and new school and they are healthy and that is a blessing. I just want them to not stress so much this year through Christmas!
Amazon Wish List for the Martin Family
42.) The Williams Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
I wanted to nominate a family that is so so near & dear to my heart. This is a family who gives so much & has helped so many sweet children. They are a foster family and currently in the process of adopting their beautiful daughter, Amira, who I actually had the privilege of being her middle Mama before she made it to the Williams home….her forever home, which is how I got connected to my sweet friend, Brandi! Brandi is currently going through such a hard season as a single mama. Working two jobs & doing it with so much grace. Her husband battles with addiction and has been gone for almost a year working so hard on himself to get healthy for himself & his family. Praise God for that but it has been so hard on the family. Healing from the trauma from that, being alone, the kids coming with their own trauma from their broken families.. it’s a lot. Her husband was the main income for this family before and now Brandi is holding it all together for her family. I seriously don’t know how she does it all. Brandi would never ask for help, but I know she is struggling which is why she is working constantly to provide her children with everything they could possibly need and to pay the bills. Brandi would go without and give the shirt off her back to a complete stranger. She is even currently helping a family in need this holiday season by getting donations for them. I would love to see Brandi be able to take a load off and be blessed with relief from feeling like she has to do it all. I would LOVE to see a community rally around this sweet family and support her and the sweet foster babies that she loves on so well.
Amazon Wish List for The Williams Family
43.) The Estes Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
One of my best friends passed away a few days before Thanksgiving..she battled breast cancer for four years and lost that battle at 36 years old. She was one of the most giving people that I knew. She was a counselor for troubled teens, cancer patients, and those going through infertility. She left behind a husband and two daughters ages 4 and 6. The day of her burial her husband lost his grandfather to a stroke that morning. He has been through entirely way too much these past few weeks. Her husband would never ask for anything but I know he will need help as a single Dad taking care of two girls…he was her caretaker for a long time also so I would hope he could do something for himself this Christmas…it has been such a dark few weeks for them and being able to help them in such a helpless situation would be nice. We were friends for almost 20 years and were college roommates.
Amazon Wish List for The Estes Family
46.) The Babbin Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || My name is Taylor and I am nominating a close friend of mine, Andrea. Andrea is a single mother of three children. Her husband passed away four years ago from overdose. She had to uproot her entire family from Colorado and move back to Massachusetts. This year, her father died of a horrible cancer diagnosis. Andrea’s day-to-day consists of working as a fitness instructor, from CrossFit to boot camp classes at over four gyms. She specifically had to choose gyms that have a form of childcare, so she could drop her children off, teach the class and move to the next class. Andrea never asks for anything. She never complains. She is one of the hardest workers that I know, and everyone she comes into contact with has nothing but admiration for her. This time of year is always a difficult time for her family. I am hoping that our community can come together and make it just a bit easier for Andrea and her family.
47.) The Wike Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || would like to nominate Ralph Wike and his wife Mary. Ralph works with my husband as a fleet mechanic for a city municipality. Ralph has been struggling with some health problems over the last year. Late last year Ralph was diagnosed with throat cancer and spent the holidays last year undergoing radiation and chemo. Early this year Ralph received the good news that he had gone into remission. Unfortunately, three weeks ago Ralph went in for a pet scan and they found masses on his lungs and windpipe. Late last week Ralph went in for a biopsy of the masses, and during the procedure his lung collapsed and one of the masses had grown to block his windpipe so they had to do a tracheotomy and spent the weekend fighting to get his lung to re inflate. He is currently staying in the hospital receiving radiation treatments every day to prepare him for the aggressive chemo he will have to go through. Because of this he will be unable to work and provide for his family. His wife will have to drive 50 miles one way between the hospital and their home. Ralph is the type of person who will never ask for help, but will always be the first to step up and help anyone in need. As a small community, we try and help in any way we can, but we can only do so much. It would truly be a blessing to be able to give more to someone who spent the last 30+ years serving his community.
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49.) The Palmer Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || The family I would like to put forward for this would be my sister Abigail and her son Lang. She is a single mom who has quite the story, and who struggled in and out of rehab for quite some time. When her son was only 1, she was brutally attacked by her son’s father in what we believe was an attempt to kill her. This all happened a few days before Christmas 4 years ago. This man is in jail. Thankfully. I am beyond happy to say though that my sister is in her final year of Grad School at Sacred Heart for Social Work so she can help those that find themselves in similar situations. Her son is in kindergarten. Throughout the winter my sister drives around with bags filled with essential items in her car for the less fortunate and hands them out to those in need, she has been there and wants to help them. Being in grad school full time, having an unpaid internship for school, and being a single mom she is unable to work so has no income except her financial aid. She is beyond deserving for doing a complete 180 on her own, owning her life and being a great mom while still managing to help those in need. She lectures at a HS every year about her experiences.
50.) The Davis Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
Our names are Jamie, Sarah, and Trista, and we would like to share with you who we are nominating: Darshanae is a prior student who recently decided she wanted to return to school. She re-visited our campus to start the process again to enter nursing school. This includes registering for an entrance exam that she shared she could not afford at this time. This past fall, she lost her house and all of her belongings in a fire(pictures, furniture, toys, clothing, food, and precious heirlooms). She is a single mother of 2 young children ages 2 and 7 and she recently also lost her job. While she has been relocated to new housing, she is in the process of rebuilding her life. She had shared that Christmas just wasn’t going to come this year. She also shared that she had prayed about the ability to return to school or just continue to work and the next day, she was let go from her job. While we hope Christmas will still come for her family, we also hope that she will be able to provide for her children and continue on with her education.
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51.) The Moorman Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
I would like to nominate my older sister. She recently was rewarded full custody of her 3 year old daughter, Aaliyah and her 4 year old son Treyson. She has been separated from their father for a couple of years. He waa recently arrested on domestic violence and strangulation charges. Before this incident they shared custody 50/50. My sister, Allie was not even close to being monetarily ready to have them full time. Day care/preschool alone cost almost $400 a week. On top of all other regular daily and household expenses she is really struggling to be able to buy Christmas presents this year. Thank you so much for reading about my amazing sister. She is a great mom I wish I could help her.
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52.) The Karn Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED ||
In the middle of November, Oughen, their 10-year old son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He has begun chemotherapy treatments in Salt Lake City at the Children’s Hospital (350+ miles away from their home). He is close to wrapping up his first round of chemo, and may be able to go home for a few days before starting his 2nd round on 12/23. From there, Oughen will need to remain in SLC for 40 days. After the first 40, there will be a 2-week break. After the 2-week break then they will return back to SLCity for 40 more days. That will conclude round 2. There are 3 rounds total with the same outline and this does NOT include the 1st round he is currently completing. Oughen is excited to get a Christmas tree decorated and celebrate Christmas early in Dubois because they will probably be back in SLC before the holidays. The family is hoping to get an apartment in the Ronald McDonald’s house for the next 6 months since it sounds like they’ll be spending the majority of their time there in SLC. I know they are having an incredibly hard time right now and would love for them to have a special Christmas. I am attaching a picture from the hospital over thanksgiving when Oughen’s Aunt, Uncle & cousins flew to SLC to visit. Let me know what else you need for them to be nominated.
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53.) The Kroemer Family || LIST HAS BEEN FULFILLED || A little about Deltra and her family. She’s married to Trevor and he recently went to fire school and is now a firefighter. They have 5 girls, all of whom she homeschools. She’s been recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, with a 12-15 month time frame for survival. She’s a fighter and all keep thinking about is her diagnosis and the fact that she has 5 girls who could face this at some point in their life too. Her greatest wish this Christmas season is to have as many experiences with her family as she can and also to have her whole family together, some of which are not local.
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