Meet the Season for Caring agency: Wonders & Worries

Ashley McGill and her two children Alyanna, 10, and Preston, 8, pose for a family portrait. Rodolfo Gonzalez/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Ashley McGill and her two children Alyanna, 10, and Preston, 8, pose for a family portrait. Rodolfo Gonzalez/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families. Wonders & Worries has been a partner agency for many years.

Wonders & Worries works with families in all stages of survivorship, who are affected by any serious or chronic physical illness. Wonders & Worries provides individual and group support services for children ages 2-18 and parenting support for parents and caregivers. Services are offered free of charge in a variety of school and community-based settings, with program services provided by professional child life staff in both English and Spanish.

This year, Wonders and Worries nominated Ashley McGill and her two children. After she was rear-ended in January 2015, Ashley McGill began having horrible headaches. Doctors found two neurological problems, but she has not had any relief. Now, the single mom of Ayanna, 10, and Preston, 6, unable to work and living on long-term disability. Read more about this family here.

Their wish list:

Help with rent, car insurance, medical bills, credit card bill and student loan debt; dental care and mental health support for Ashley; car repairs including brakes and rotors, a new battery and new tires; sectional for the living room; home computer; an adjustable bed that will allow her to sleep with her head raised to relieve some of the pressure in her head; small stand-alone freezer to buy food in bulk; a shower chair; kitchen basics including cups, bowls, pots, measuring cups, knives, spatulas and plastic containers; gift cards to Target, H-E-B and Wal-Mart; new glasses for Preston; board games; Legos; a soccer ball; a basketball; a motorized bike; a guitar and lessons; boys size 7/8 clothes for Preston; gift cards to stores like Charming Charlie, Claire’s and Forever 21; art supplies; chapter books; violin lessons; beauty supplies for Alyanna; family experiences including roller-skating, arcade, bowling, movie tickets, children’s museum and cooking classes.

To find out more about Wonders & Worries or to give an item on the family’s wish list, contact the agency at 9101 Burnet Road, Suite 107. 512-329-5757,

To give a monetary donation, go to the donation page at

Author: Staff Writer

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