Meet the Season for Caring partner Agency: CareBox Program

Sheila King and her niece Katelyn Splude share a quiet moment on the family property outside of Dripping Springs. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sheila King and her niece Katelyn Splude share a quiet moment on the family property outside of Dripping Springs.
RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families. CareBox Program is our newest partnership.

CareBox Program provides free care supplies to cancer patients to help prevent malnutrition, infections and injuries from falls.

Patients get to choose which supplies they need and the boxes are delivered right to their door.

 

This year, CareBox Program nominated the King family. Sheila King lost her son, Austen, to suicide in late July. Her husband, Harrell, died from cancer in late September, and a few days later, her mother, Janie, also died from cancer. Now Sheila, her niece Katelyn, her father Roger, and her son Michael and his wife Lena are trying to rebuild. Read more about this family here.

Their wish list:

Professional cleaning of laundry room; remodeling, insulation and two-bedroom and one-bathroom addition; central air and heat for two homes; hot water heater; furniture (beds, dressers, nightstands, cedar hope chest) and rugs for three bedrooms; beanbag chairs; remodeled bathroom with storage cubbies, laundry hamper and towel sets; two new chairs, a rug and sofa for the living room; help hauling away old appliances and furniture; baby and nursery items (crib, car seat, stroller, highchair, bathtub, clothes, toys, diapers, breast pump, blankets, bibs, toy box, dresser, storage cubbies, bedding, bottles and any other baby supplies); home appliances (refrigerator, deep freezer, microwave, stove/oven, two washers and dryers); table and chairs, countertops and new sink for kitchen with new faucet; two reliable family cars and car insurance; water-delivery service for six months or a year; gift cards to H-E-B, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Babies R Us; gas cards; tuition for school for Michael and for Sheila and Lena to become nurses; three laptops for schoolwork and home; gaming/programming computer for Michael; school supplies for Katelyn; canvases, acrylic paint, brushes, sketchpads, and Prismacolor pencils for Katelyn; electronic sketchpad for Katelyn; art classes and art work desk for Katelyn; dental and vision checkups; four reliable cellphones; acoustic guitar for Katelyn; TV for living room; drivers’ education for Katelyn; surgery for Katelyn to remove metal plate that has been in her arm for six years; johnboat and fishing supplies for Roger; camping supplies so Roger can take his grandkids camping; a record player to play Harrell’s records; rugs, throw blankets, fuzzy socks, electric blankets; three queen, one full and one twin sheet set and comforter; and a riding lawn mower.

For more information on CareBox Program or to give an item on the wish list, contact the agency at 5555 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite L-123. 512-296-2180, careboxprogram.org

To give a monetary donation, go to the donation page at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.