Help For Christian & JJ
Click HERE to see the YouTube video about Melissa, Christian & JJ
Now that Melissa is their legal guardian, she is eligible to apply for assistance. Until she is approved, however, we have put up this Go Fund Me account to help her meet the extra expenses that come with having two growing boys. These funds will cover utilities, clothing, school supplies, groceries, and other necessities.
Your donation will help Melissa establish the foundation she needs to give JJ and Christian the chance to grow up in a stable, loving home.
On behalf of Melissa, Christian and JJ, thank you very much for your kindness. It is deeply appreciated.
Q: It's been 2 years. Do they continue to need assistance?
A: Yes they do. Melissa is still raising them on one PFC salary which is not much so all of your donations continue to be extremely helpful in their day-to-day lives.
Q: What is your relation to Melissa?
A: I produced the YouTube video that featured Melissa and her brothers. I began this GoFundMe campaign a year and a half ago in response to the numerous requests we received from those who wanted to help the boys out.
Q: If I just want to send the boys some clothes is that possible?
A: Yes. Because we do not want to give out Melissa's home address, you can send packages using the following address:
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
The post office will hold packages sent general delivery for 30 days. If you do send items, please post it in the comments section below. This will alert me that a package is on the way and I can let Melissa know to go pick it up.
The boys' sizes are:
Christian - 12/14 clothes, size 7 shoe
JJ wears 10/12 clothes, size 5 1/2 shoe
Here's the update from Melissa:
The boys are getting so tall it's ridiculous. I can hardly keep up with what fits and doesn't fit any more because they're growing like weeds. They like video games, sports, skateboarding, but the thing they really NEED would be clothes. I bought a life time supply of school supplies so they're covered there until high school.
They're going to be 12 and 13 in January, and they're both over 5ft. Christian is now in Jr High and he's making awesome grades! JJ is in 6th and is doing well but we think he may have learning disabilities. He's doing his best and making improvements. They are starting to really explore their artistic talents. JJ has a really good ear for music. He likes making beats and learning guitar. Christian is an awesome artist he's always drawing me pictures. They both play for the Storm Football team again this year and they've been having a great season and are going to playoffs next month. Christian is in cadets this year and loves it. He thinks he may want to be in the military when he gets older.
We haven't heard from our mother in 6 months and they've been asking questions. I always said I would never lie to them, but I won't tell them about the things they never saw until they're ready, so as they grow up they're coming to terms with who she really is, as well as their dad. It is a real bummer but at the same time I see them maturing and becoming stronger because of it.
Thanks again for all of your support and God bless.
I am adjusting the goal to $5,000 since the video still seems to be circulating and, of course, raising two boys never gets LESS expensive!
Here is an update from Melissa on May 1, 2016:
JJ is now 11 and Christian is 12. They've been here in 29 Palms for 18 months! They are growing EXTREMELY fast--they're both taller than me now.
They love sports and both of them play football right now. Your donations will help me pay the city fees required for them to play other sports as well. They love video games too and play Call of Duty a lot but I make them get out of the house for at least 2 hours every day. Christian is really into art, and JJ is really into music. Some days are great and some are a struggle but your donations are going a long way to help us out day by day. Thank you so much from all of us!
Somebody said 'This video is 2 years old do they still need assistance?' The answer is yes! She is a PFC maybe a LCpl by now. She isn't making that much money. Alot of people think the military gets paid a crap load of money. I hate to burst your bubble but they don't. Your doing a great thing and keep up the great work Marine. Semper Fi.
You are an amazing women a great roll model for all young women. Would really like to hear updates on you and the family has the year's go. You are a Blessing from God and so are your brothers keep going strong plus you got the Lord on your side and with you always keeping the faith strong is a good thing. I also want to thank you for your militarily service. God's Blessing upon you all . Take care be happy in your family life plus the militarily service. Will be keeping you all in my prayers.
I'm sorry I dnt have the extra money to donate money at this time. Having my own money issues but I'm proud of u for what u have done for urself&ur brothers. I was in foster care for8long yrs&Ik I would've loved the feeling of being wanted. But it didnt happen. I'm just glad u did the best&right thing for ur lil brothers!! Will always have y'all in my prayers forever&a day. Sincerely Jennifer&my two beautiful sweet daughters Rylea&Laelah!!
Hi! Melissa you don't knw me but I'm a single mom of 4 boys & I have been since I was 16 yrs old.Congrats on Stepping up for your brothers! I'm very Proud of you even if I don't knw u. The road ahead will not be easy but I recamend you getting the boys involved in a church. For me & the boys church is like a 2nd family & they have helped me in numerouse ways.
I am so proud of you I am so proud of you I wish I had a sister like you love you I don't know you but I still love you God please protect her and her brothers
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very touching girl . u are a remodel to every lil girl and other person in the world thank u for everything u ave done for the u.s
I'm a fellow brother to you Melissa, Captain Joseph Thomas, U.S.M.C., and when you are in Las Vegas, you will pay for NOTHING I promise you. I hope you stay in for the FULL 20, and keep being a GREAT example to your siblings. We love you. Semper Fi my Sister in Arms. Joseph.... Long live our Sister and Brotherhood.
How is this family doing now? I still think of them and know that as the boys get older, they don't get cheaper!!
Is this still going on? I see it is 2 years old. Melissa, you are an amazing sister...I love the smile on you and your brother's faces. GOD bless you and your brothers.
God knows if I could help you I would. You are such a strong woman . I too struggle with bills and everyday expenses due to having an 11 yr old son and a 9yr old son. I wish you all the success and happiness this world has to offer. You're amazing. God will continue to bless u with belief.
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Awesome job I cried that was the coolest thing ever
Wish the best for you guys.. ❤️❤️
this video is 2 years old. do they still continue to need assistance.? thanks
Way to go Marine