TSI-BBBSCP Holiday Family Sponsorship

In 2019, the TSI Trinity Emerging Leaders group worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont to sponsor a local family for the holidays.  The Trinity campus came together and raised enough funds to provide Christmas gifts for every member of the family!  This year, Emerging Leaders would like to do something special for a local family again.  

When we approached BBBSCP about this, they nominated the family of Denylah (Little Sister).  Below is Denylah's story that was provided by BBBSCP:

They have had a rough year. Denylah’s mom was diagnosed with Lupus last December, then Denylah’s dad got shot multiple times back in March 2020. He was hospitalized, and became paralyzed from the waist down. The doctors did not know if he could walk again, but he was going to do physical therapy. Then over a month ago, Denylah had pancreatitis, and had to be admitted to the hospital, she was in serious condition, and had to be on a ventilator for over a week. Her mom said she almost lost her. Denylah was in the hospital for a month, and had to be on a ventilator for over two weeks. She was recently dismissed from the hospital, and now is catching up with her homework. Her mom sent me a couple of pictures of her trying to study while she was in the hospital. Her mom Iesha said she is recovering well, and is now at home. She said her daughter is a fighter.

Denylah has had the same Big Sister for four years now. She was matched when she was in first grade after going through a very traumatic event. Her Big Leah has been an emotional support for her throughout the years. Denylah is a very sweet and polite girl. She is in the Spanish Immersion program, and is working on becoming bilingual in English/Spanish. English is her native language, but her Spanish gets better every year. 

How will the donations be used?  To purchase gifts for Denylah, her mother, and her 3 siblings.  Any excess funds will be donated to BBBSCP to sponsor her match in 2021, which costs the program $1,000 annually.


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