Dear Friends and Supporters,
I want you all to know how blessed the family is to have your love, support and prayers. You guys are amazing! Christmas Eve is coming, its just a mere 4 days away. The Family is planning to travel to.grandmas on Saturday, one of the donors dropped off 2 gas cards with some gifts, (thank you!!) However, theres still a need. Can we raise at least 600.00 more dollars? Not quite our goal, but the 600 would help with travel expenses. The family needs a new microwave and vacuum cleaner too. Still trying to reach out to someone thats willing to donate XBOX 360 Kinect, with games and skylander WII U with games and 2 tablets. Weve had (at this point) only one donor with toys. Please find it in your hearts to spread the word, donate gifts or money, or gift cards. Donations can be dropped off at Cornerstone Church Lexington Rd. Thank you so very much, Love you all.
You cannot begin to know how blessed my family is for your out pour of love and support. Its shaping up to be a great Christmas. Ive been messaged about what the childrens wish lists are and how people can get gifts to us. The children both love Camo, The boys want xbox360, wii u and games, trampolene, tablets, legos, light brix, duck dynasty, remote control cars, bb gun camo w scope, deer stand, gi joe, spiderman, batman, superman, matchbox car maker, matchbox cars, tool kits, clothes, tennis shoes, boots, pjs, socks, underwear, one wants a soda maker lol the family needs a microwave, now were working on getting money to take kids to see grandma, visa giftcards, walmart gift cards, any of those help. Cash donations help catch up bills and have bought some christmas gifts. Ill post pics of christmas day to show what your help provided. Cornerstone Community Church on lexington rd in athens is handling donation drop offs of toys and gift cards, or even cash if thats how you prefer to help. If you have questions feel free to message through here, I do read and reply to ALL messages, or my friend Eli does. Bless you all, for your continued support, love and prayers. As of right now no toys have been dropped off, however, several promissory phone calls have been made, for those that have called and plan to help, thank you xo. If you would rather meet up with me in a public place, anytime prior to the 18 is easily managed, the boys last day of school is the 19th. Thank you !!!
There is still a need with in this family. Please, If you can find it in your heart, continue to donate. Mom has medical bills on top of other expenses with Christmas, housing bills etc. An emergency came up and things that she bought she had to take back for another bill. When you get behind, its hard to catch up. She has a goal to be ok by Jan. Just OK. Please help her reach GREAT! Mom writes:
Ive never been much on asking for help. This has taken a toll on me physically and mentally. Its taken a toll on the children mentally. Emotionally we are slowly healing. Your donations have helped so much! I understand there are toy donations on top of the cash donations and to me thats the most important thing. The cash donations have helped catch up a few bills that got behind due to the move. I know by January we will be ok. I want to share a story with you- 4 years ago we were living in NY. We woke up to a white christmas. The boys stockings were full, the toys were everything they wanted and then some. We had a huge dinner with friends, as we couldnt be with family because our family was 12 hour drive away. The laughter on that day was amazing. This day stands out because it was our first white christmas.
We arent close to our family again this year again. The drive, while not far, is still a drive of 6 hours. My boys want to go see grandma. When the incident happened, we had been saving money for christmas, for our trip "home" We decided to move, not because we had to, but because it was best for my kiddos. We lost our car, the power was cut off, we had water deposits. Our new landlord left power and water in his name, temporarly to help out. The expenses of uhaul, gas, deposits, mileage all adds up. Our income is disability. Theres not much left to go around. Your donations have allowed me to buy some clothes for the children, shoes, some toys etc. I paid to put water in our name, and paid down some on the power bill. However, an emergency bill has plagued my family again! I am forced to return some of the Christmas to pay the bill. It makes me sad. Bill collectors dont care what happens in your life, or what holiday they ruin. The goal of 5000 wasnt a selfish goal. It was simply bare minimum of what it would take to catch everything totally up and get the children everything on thier lists, trampolene, tablets, clothes, boots, xbox kinect with games, skylander game.... etc.
Tomorrow I return: boots, xbox, and camo stuff. Unfortunantly, bills come first.
Ill catch up the bills eventually... right now, Im simply asking for a generous person or two to donate xbox kinect, boots, camoflauge clothing, and a gift card or cash for enough gas and hotel to visit family. There is still time. I have faith in all of you, my community and brothers and sisters in christ... but most importantly I have faith in God.
God Bless all of you for your gifts of love, generosity and understsnding.
We will welcome each of you into our home Christmas day as the childrens wake up to Santa and hearts full of joy from all the gifts of love and generosity from your hearts to ours.
In Him, for the Children
Hey everyone. Thank you so much for the wonderful outpouring of blessings. Just a quick note to let you know what mom has been able to do. The boys went light looking, & mom has gotten a few presents. The big need of new winter clothes ate a lot of what has been given, growth spurts over the summer made short sleeves out of last years. The boys have seen things and hear about new things to do each day, they have been begging to go to snow mountain, and want, Santa's list just keeps getting longer. (Remember we are also trying to get enough money to go see grandma for part of their Christmas break and possibly a mini vacation.) Please keep bringing joy and renewed faith in humanity back to this family. The loss of innocence and trust in good will never be fully healed, but your outpouring of support has brought so much to mom and her boys. They can look forward to having Christmas because of your help. Please don't stop here. Let's get them a Christmas to remember after this horrible incident.
A note from mom-
Im blown away at the support and love that the community has shown my family. Im humbled by the generosity and kindness that you all have given. I cannot begin to thank you enough for everything you all have done. God Bless all of you!
The Boys Mom
Wow! Look at the numbers grow! You all are amazing! I asked mom what she would do with the money if we reached the goal amount, she said "Id take my boys back to the most magical place on earth. The place they could let loose and be kids, and I could see the smiles on thier faces and hear thier laughter. No worries, just happiness"
Powerful! What do you say folks? Lets make it happen!
Im getting lots of messages about where to drop off toys and gift card donations. Cornerstone Christian Church -2150 Lexington Rd Athens Ga - is a drop off site. Please ask for Pastor Steve or Christy Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm
Also, thank you for the cash donations, this is a huge help to the family. The boys Mom is thankful for each and every one of you. Bless you all!
Wow! So overwhelmed with all the love and support! Thank you so very much for all the love, generosity and prayers you all are sending! It means so much! Ive seen Mom's spirits lifting today because of all the love and support you guys are showing! Blessings to all of you! You guys Rock!!
these boys lives were turned upside down when innocence was stolen at knife point, when an innocent autistic child was raped. forced to move because of the trauma happening in the home, leaves very little hope for christmas. this incident is fresh, new and still bitter. i want to give them a christmas to remember. lots of toys, and happy memories, maybe even a mini vacation. anything helps. i just want to help this mom put the smile on her childrens faces. the family has been through enough, they dont need more tears. thank you for any help you can give. http://m.onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-10-29/couple-indicted-knifepoint-rape-athens-special-needs-child