One of the biggest things on June and Kenneth Bonewitz’s Season for Caring wish list last year was to have a vacation. June Bonewitz, 45, who has cerebral palsy, and Kenneth Bonewitch, 51, who has memory loss after a car accident in high school, care for her mother Margie Spinn, 77, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Season for Caring funds were used for a caretaker for Spinn while the Bonewitzes took a cruise to Alaska.
“Season for Caring has taken a lot of stress off of our lives,” Kenneth Bonewitz says. “With our disabilities, that stress relief has done wonders to keep us from losing our sanity.”
Season for Caring is the Statesman’s holiday charity program, but the donations help families throughout the year. Each year, local nonprofit agencies nominate families to the program. The 12 selected families get their needs met first, but then the agencies use extra money to help other families with basic needs such as rent, utilities, groceries, medical bills and transportation.
Since the program began in 1999, Season for Caring has raised more than $9.7 million. Last year, the greater Austin community donated $580,187 in monetary donations and $157,277 worth of in-kind goods and services.
Watch a video of the Bonewitzes before Season for Caring, here.
On Sunday, Nov. 27, we’ll introduce you to a dozen new families. All this week you can learn how the 2015 Season for Caring families are doing.
Read all the stories and make a donation at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.