It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring. This week we’re highlighting the progress they have made since we introduced you to them on Nov. 27, and what needs the families still have.
Sheila King, 49, lost her 15-year-old son to suicide in July and her husband and mother to cancer in September, within days of finding out they had been chosen for Season for Caring.
Today, Austin’s Couch Potatoes is moving in the Kings’ new furniture — bedroom sets for Sheila King, her son Michael King, 24, and his wife Lena, 20, and niece Katelyn, 16; living room furniture and a dining room table and chairs for six people.
Their home has been professionally cleaned and on Friday, they will receive new granite kitchen counters and quartz bathroom counters as well as sinks and faucets from New Stone Concepts.
They still have many items on their wish list:
House repairs services.
Bedroom and bathroom addition.
Central heat check-up and air conditioner window unit replacement.
New septic system.
Queen electric blankets.
Sheets and comforters, twin, full and queen.
Nursery dresser and storage cubbies.
Gift cards to H-E-B, Home Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Babies “R” Us. HEB gift cards
School supplies for Katelyn.
Laptops and gaming / programming computer.
Acrylic paint and brushes.
Vision check ups.
Two reliable family cars
Jon boat with 25 hp motor and fishing supplies.
Reliable cell phones
Record player to play Harrell.
Water delivery service for 6 months – 1 year
Driver’s education for Katelyn.
To help, call the CareBox Program at 512-296-2180 or visit careboxprogram.org.
To make a financial donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring or send a check to Season for Caring, P.O. Box 50066, Austin, Texas 78763-0066.