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ShineBrightEllie-Help w/ Autism Care

$3,830 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 6 months
Ellie (3) was diagnosed with Autism (ASD) on March 29, 2018. As her parents, we (Paz and Jenny) fully believe she was born with it, and she has been a high needs infant and now toddler from the day she was born. Getting the diagnosis just confirms what we already knew to be challenges with Ellie's development and sensory processing, as well as helps us finally put into words what we have dealt with on a daily basis. Finding out that Ellie has Autism has actually given us so much hope, because we now know there are interventions and tools that can help Ellie shine bright in this world! Jenny has had the privilege of caring for Ellie as a full-time caretaker mommy from Ellie's birth, which prevents Jenny from seeking even part-time employment outside the home. This is just not an option for our family. As we start the process to get her into preschool and start in-home therapy, we have come to realize that we have some financial needs related to Ellie's care beyond what we can handle on our own.

We have been a one-car family for over 5 years, and the time has come that that is no longer practical anymore. We need a second vehicle to help Jenny and the girls have more mobility throughout the day while Paz is at work in order to serve Ellie's needs better. Our first goal is to purchase a small used car for Paz to use as a commuter vehicle back and forth to work so that Jenny can take over our current vehicle as her main mode of transportation. The bulk of our fundraising will go towards this second car, which will aid our family greatly in getting Ellie a broad range of therapy and schooling based on her needs and not be limited by our inability to get her wherever she needs to be.

Because of certain developmental delays with Ellie, she is not ready to potty train. She will continue to wear diapers for awhile, and she is in one of the larger sizes, so they cost more for less. We had hoped to not have two in diapers for this long, but plans change, and we could use help offsetting the cost of Ellie's diapers and wipes.

Ellie also has certain sensory needs that may require us to purchase items to help her manage her daily life. While we don't know everything that may include yet, at this point we are looking to purchase a weighted blanket to help during meltdowns from sensory overload, black out curtains to darken her room, and a light projector for her room to project calming images on the ceiling to help her focus and fall asleep at night.

We started out 2018 with Paz being unemployed for 2 months, which wiped out our entire savings. We are so grateful for his new job that allows him to provide for our family, but we know that there are just certain things beyond our control. We humbly ask for your prayers as we navigate wisely through making the best decision for our family, which includes finances, and we know that there are just certain limitations to what we can do with our current financial situation. All of the money raised through this page will be used for the purposes listed above and any other needs in regards to Ellie's daily life, therapy, and schooling.
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We wanted to share a brief update since it’s been awhile. We’ve been able to get services set up for Ellie in our home, and it’s been a huge help so far! However, because it took so long to get everything set up, we decided to postpone preschool for Ellie. This also means we won’t need a second car as soon as we thought. We are continuing to save as we will for sure need another vehicle within a year, and we are so thankful to everyone who has helped us get a head start on reaching our goal.
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Ellie just received her custom weighted blanket and weighted lap pad today! These will help her with sleep, meltdowns, sensory overload, and sitting still. The craftsmanship on these handmade blankets is amazing, and Ellie already loves her new Pink Batman! We have loved learning about the different tools and resources available to help us as parents guide Ellie through her struggles. We are still praying for enough funding to get the second car. Thanks to all your support, we are inching closer to that goal! Please feel free to share this page on social media to help spread the word. Thank you!
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ShineBrightEllie-Help w/ Autism Care has reached 64% of its goal. Thanks to family and friends!
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We are now over halfway to our fundraising goal in just under two weeks! We are blown away by the generosity from family and friends to help us in such a tangible way as we navigate this new season as a family. Thank you for blessing our family!
Ellie posing for a picture on Sunday
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$3,830 of $6,000 goal

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$3,500
Anonymous
5 months ago
JS
$50
Joel Scott
5 months ago
MP
$30
Maria Padron
5 months ago
$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
NH
$50
Nathan Hale
6 months ago
LV
$25
Lacy Vega
6 months ago
$25
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