Gerónimo Flores, 72, now can hear clearly thanks to hearing aids from the Oticon Hearing Foundation and Better Hearing Center of Austin through Season for Caring. His wife, Cordelia Flores, 74, has had some setbacks. She broke her hip in July and has been in a nursing home to get stronger after falling again. Their daughter Crystal Flores, 37, and her son, Neamiah, 4, and daughter Alissa, 19, are all doing well.
“It was the one Christmas we got to share as a family,” Crystal Flores says. “We got things we wouldn’t normally get. To see the excitement on my little one’s face, we had the Thanksgiving and Christmas we hadn’t had in 10 years.”
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 Flores family 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.