Sherra Parten, 57 who lost her San Marcos home in a flood, has been able to do more with her cake decorating business with Season for Caring money that bought her a freezer and with mentorship from professional cake decorator Janette Pfertner.
Her agency, Community Action Inc., is working with her on a plan to set up a fund to take care of granddaughter Amanda, 4, who’s mother, Julie Payne, 35, has intellectual differences.
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 Sherra Parten before the campaign began, here.
On Sunday, we’ll introduce you to 12 new families. All this week we’re catching up with last year’s families. Find more at Statesman.com/seasonforcaring.