I wanted to share a few more details now that our family has been selected. The Mother lost her husband to a sudden heart attack in 2008. At that time he was the sole bread winner, although, he was supporting his family on a modest income. She has since raised both her special needs children on her own. The oldest, John, 21, completed a high school program for kids with disabilities a couple of years ago including learning life skills to help him cope with society and his challenges. Her youngest, Pauline, is a senior in high school and will “graduate” this year. She is a quite loveable girl and it is rare to see her smile but when she does, her whole face shines.
Their current situation:
Mom, has no car or driver’s license so she walks to work, to the grocery store and anywhere else we take for granted driving to. You will commonly see the three of them patiently waiting with grocery bags in hand to cross busy streets. About two years ago, the house they were renting suffered a catastrophic foundation failure and the owner used it as an excuse to ask them to move. With no credit and limited income, they were unable to get an apartment and have been living in a Studio 6 Motel since then and the mom juggles payments for rent vs for the storage in which they had to put their belongings. John loves books and will spend hours in ½ price book store reading a book, hiding it so no one buys it and then catching up next time he can walk to the store. Pauline isn’t your typical high school senior because she doesn’t have an opportunity to really “like” the traditional things because she hasn’t been exposed to them. She loves the rare occasion when she can eat out, she has a Kindle that is several years out that she likes playing games on, and she loves when she and her brother get to go to a movie. This family has significant needs and we will make this a Christmas they will never forget, guaranteed!