Last three days to give to Statesman Season for Caring

Have you been waiting to give to Statesman Season for Caring? You have until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. to give to the 2017 program. Season for Caring helps the 12 featured families nominated by local nonprofit agencies, but then helps hundreds of other families served by those nonprofit agencies.

Nikki Jones cuddles with her 6-year-old daughter, Adeline, at their South Austin home. Jones has common variable immune deficiency, which makes her very susceptible to contracting diseases. She has to take weekly infusions to help fight them off and is frequently tired and homebound. QILING WANG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Season for Caring becomes the emergency fund for these agencies, which put the money toward rent, utilities, groceries, medical bills, education and transportation for their clients.

This year, Season for Caring has broken all records and is close to raising $1 million for Central Texans.

Since launching Thanksgiving weekend, it has raised $735,365 in monetary donations and another $254,186 in in-kind donations of goods and services. With $989,551 the 2017 Season for Caring is the best year in the program’s 19-year history.

Since 1999, Season for Caring has given 11.5 million to the local community.

You can make your donation online at statesman.com/seasonforcaring. Click the Donate to Season for Caring tab. Or you can find a coupon in the paper each day to mail in your donation or mail it to Austin Community Foundation c/o Statesman Season for Caring, 4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751.

You also can give a item on a family’s wish list. Check this list and see if there is something on it that you can give:

The Negron family, who lost their father to a car accident last December, need help with tuition assistance, a used car and car repairs to their existing car, living room furniture and a math tutor for Luis. Foundation Communities, 512-610-7391, foundcom.org.

Jazmyne Johnson, 24, needs a car to transport her children to and from their HeadStart program, an apartment near Hutto and tuition assistance for her to go to college to pursue a career in biotechnology. Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, 512-763-1400, opportunitiesforwbc.org

Joyce and Kenneth Marvel, who both have intellectual disabilities and are 74 and 65, need more in-home care for Joyce, who uses a walker, a medical alert system and new all furniture. Family Eldercare, 512-450-0844, familyeldercare.org.

The Sherwood family — Mom Trisha, 40, who has multiple sclerosis; son Alden, 16, who is in a wheelchair after brain cancer; and son Jacob, 13, who is on the autism spectrum — needs an accessible apartment, an assistance dog, help with rent and utilities, grocery store gift cards, art therapy and equine therapy, clothing, and gift cards to the movies or Game Stop. Any Baby Can, 512-454-3743, anybabycan.org.

Bertha Foster, 43, who is paralyzed from a series of strokes, needs assistance getting a large apartment so she can be moved out of bed more easily as well as a car for Donovan and driver’s education, and a cellphone for him and service. Meals on Wheels Central Texas at 512-476-6325, Ext. 159 or at www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org.

Lyric Wardlow, 19, who grew up homeless, needs tuition assistance, health insurance, gas cards and bus passes, cat food and litter, a gym membership, camping supplies, a cell phone and service, a bedroom furniture set, lamps, dishes and glasses, a vacuum, towels and bedding, gift cards for books and home supplies. LifeWorks, 512-735-2400, lifeworksaustin.org

Hawa Hassan30, who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya, needs pots and pans and kitchen utensils, bedding, dressers, after-school tutoring for all the kids,  everything for a new baby. A donor is working with Nyle Maxwell to buy a van for the family, but she will need driver’s education and insurance. Caritas of Austin, 512-646-1277, caritasofaustin.org.

Nikki Jones, 35, who has common variable immune deficiency, still has many things on her list including a playhouse or swingset for Adeline, a backyard awning, foundation repair, a dish washer, toothbrushes, colorful adhesive bandages, help with medical bills, a small pet for Adeline, food delivery service, gym membership, and gift cards. Wonders & Worries, 512-329-5757, wondersandworries.org.​

Matias family — Margarita, 72, who has ovarian cancer, Jessie, 60, who had kidney cancer, and son Ricky, 46, who has cerebral palsy and testicular cancer — need a wheelchair lift for their truck, ceiling fans, microwave, smartphones, Tejano music CDs, an electrical wiring upgrade, a kitchen remodel and new appliances and a new window. CareBox Program, 512-296-2180, careboxprogram.org.

Ashour family has had many of their needs taken care of. They do need driver’s education for wife Ahlam Al Battal. Interfaith Action of Central Texas, 512-386-9145, Ext. 7, interfaithtexas.org.

Rogaciano Ríos Marcial, 46, who lost his wife in May and is raising his four children alone, needs a TV stand, kids books and bookshelves, clothes for 10-year-old Alma, new shoes for all the children, a computer and Internet. Boys & Girls Club of the Austin area at 512-444-7199 or visit bgcaustin.org.

Marcelo Gracia, 45, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, needs help with living expenses, more care expenses, a tablet and wireless printer for his son, Gael, who is his main caregiver. Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org.

Season for Caring agencies pick up a $20,000 check donated by you

Today is a fabulous day in the land of Season for Caring. We are giving out the second round of checks to our 12 partner nonprofit agencies. In mid-December, we gave out $10,000 check. Today, each nonprofit is getting a check for $20,000.

Nehemiah Johnson, 3, plays on the playscape at Head Start in Hutto, which nominated his mother Jazmyne Johnson for Season for Caring. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

They will use the funds to help play for some of the remaining wishes of the family they nominated to the program, as well as help hundreds of other families that they serve. Funds take care of basic needs such as rent, heat and electricity, medical bills, transportation needs and groceries.

This year, Statesman Season for Caring has raised $709.792 in monetary donations and another $210,149 in in-kind donations of goods and services. With $919,941, the 2017 Season for Caring is the best year in the program’s history. Since 1999, Season for Caring has given almost 11.5 million to the local community.

You still have time to give. Season for Caring donations will be accepted through Jan. 31 for this year.

You can make your donation online at statesman.com/seasonforcaring. Click the Donate to Season for Caring tab. Or you can find a coupon in the paper each day to mail in your donation or mail it to Austin Community Foundation c/o Statesman Season for Caring, 4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751.

Many of the families still have needs. Check this list and see if there is something on it that you can give:

The Negron family, who lost their father to a car accident last December, need help with tuition assistance, a used car and car repairs to their existing car, living room furniture and a math tutor for Luis. Foundation Communities, 512-610-7391, foundcom.org.

Jazmyne Johnson, 24, needs a car to transport her children to and from their HeadStart program, an apartment near Hutto and tuition assistance for her to go to college to pursue a career in biotechnology. Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, 512-763-1400, opportunitiesforwbc.org

Joyce and Kenneth Marvel, who both have intellectual disabilities and are 74 and 65, need more in-home care for Joyce, who uses a walker, a medical alert system and new all furniture. Family Eldercare, 512-450-0844, familyeldercare.org.

The Sherwood family — Mom Trisha, 40, who has multiple sclerosis; son Alden, 16, who is in a wheelchair after brain cancer; and son Jacob, 13, who is on the autism spectrum — needs an accessible apartment, an assistance dog, help with rent and utilities, grocery store gift cards, art therapy and equine therapy, clothing, and gift cards to the movies or Game Stop. Any Baby Can, 512-454-3743, anybabycan.org.

Bertha Foster, 43, who is paralyzed from a series of strokes, needs assistance getting a large apartment so she can be moved out of bed more easily as well as a car for Donovan and driver’s education, and a cellphone for him and service. Meals on Wheels Central Texas at 512-476-6325, Ext. 159 or at www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org.

Lyric Wardlow, 19, who grew up homeless, needs tuition assistance, health insurance, gas cards and bus passes, cat food and litter, a gym membership, camping supplies, a cell phone and service, a bedroom furniture set, lamps, dishes and glasses, a vacuum, towels and bedding, gift cards for books and home supplies. LifeWorks, 512-735-2400, lifeworksaustin.org

Hawa Hassan30, who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya, needs pots and pans and kitchen utensils, bedding, dressers, after-school tutoring for all the kids, a minivan with a wheelchair lift and driver’s education, and everything for a new baby. Caritas of Austin, 512-646-1277, caritasofaustin.org.

Nikki Jones, 35, who has common variable immune deficiency, still has many things on her list including a playhouse or swingset for Adeline, a backyard awning, foundation repair, a dish washer, toothbrushes, colorful adhesive bandages, help with medical bills, a small pet for Adeline, food delivery service, gym membership, and gift cards. Wonders & Worries, 512-329-5757, wondersandworries.org.​

Matias family — Margarita, 72, who has ovarian cancer, Jessie, 60, who had kidney cancer, and son Ricky, 46, who has cerebral palsy and testicular cancer — need a wheelchair lift for their truck, ceiling fans, microwave, smartphones, Tejano music CDs, an electrical wiring upgrade, and a new window. CareBox Program, 512-296-2180, careboxprogram.org.

Ashour family has had many of their needs taken care of. They do need driver’s education for wife Ahlam Al Battal. Interfaith Action of Central Texas, 512-386-9145, Ext. 7, interfaithtexas.org.

Rogaciano Ríos Marcial, 46, who lost his wife in May and is raising his four children alone, needs a TV stand, kids books and bookshelves, clothes for 10-year-old Alma, new shoes for all the children, a computer and Internet. Boys & Girls Club of the Austin area at 512-444-7199 or visit bgcaustin.org.

Marcelo Gracia, 45, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, needs help with living expenses, more care expenses, a tablet and wireless printer for his son, Gael, who is his main caregiver. Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org.

Help complete the Marvels’ Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

Joyce and Kenneth Marvel, who both have intellectual disabilities and are 74 and 65, need more in-home care for Joyce, who uses a walker, a medical alert system and all new furniture. The couple and Family Eldercare met with CG&S Design-Build last week to talk about possibly remodeling their condominium to make it more accessible for Joyce.

Kenneth and Joyce Marvel have intellectual disabilities and are struggling to pay their bills. Kenneth is a dishwasher for El Mercado restaurant but will be retiring soon. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

To find out more or donate an item, contact Family Eldercare, 512-450-0844, familyeldercare.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete the Negron family’s Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

The Negron family, who lost their father to a car accident last December, got some things for Christmas such as wrestling items for 10-year-old Luis and a computer for Samanta, 25, and Mayleth, 18. The girls need help with tuition assistance, and the family also needs a used car, repairs to their existing vehicle, another computer and a math tutor for Luis.

The Negron family celebrates after decorating the Dia de los Muertos altar. The Negrons lost their father and husband, Jose, and an uncle in a car accident last year. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

To find out more or donate an item, contact Foundation Communities, 512-610-7391, foundcom.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete the Hassan family’s Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

Hawa Hassan, 31, who lived most of her life in a refugee camp in Kenya, got to see her 9-year-old son Haji Mada try out his new electric wheelchair from National Seating & Mobility and Quantum Rehab last month. She still needs pots, pans, kitchen utensils, bedding, dressers, after-school tutoring for all the kids, a minivan with a wheelchair lift, driver’s education and everything for a new baby.

Hawa Hassan, whose estimated age is 31, sits on the sofa with her three children inside their East Austin apartment. Hassan fled violence in Somalia as a child and moved to Austin in 2016 from a refugee camp in Kenya. QILING WANG / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

To find out more or donate an item, contact Caritas of Austin, 512-646-1277, caritasofaustin.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete the Sherwood family’s Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

The Sherwood family — mom Trisha, 40, who has multiple sclerosis; son Alden, 16, who is in a wheelchair after brain cancer; and son Jacob, 13, who is on the autism spectrum — need an accessible apartment; an assistance dog; help with rent and utilities; grocery store gift cards; art therapy and equine therapy; clothing and gift cards to the movies or Game Stop.

The Sherwood family plays  Trivial Pursuit: Star Wars Edition. Jacob, 13,  is on the autism spectrum, 16-year-old Alden is in a wheelchair after a brain tumor, and Trisha, the mother, has multiple sclerosis. Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman

To find out more or donate an item, contact Any Baby Can, 512-454-3743, anybabycan.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete Bertha Foster’s Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

Bertha Foster, 43, who is paralyzed from a series of strokes, needs assistance getting a larger apartment so she can be moved out of bed more easily as well as a car for son, Donovan, 16, and driver’s education, a cellphone for him and cellular service. Donovan did receive his biggest need: a bike to ride to school from Waste Connections.

Bertha Foster shows her son, Donovan Clay, a picture on Facebook. ANA RAMIREZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

To find out more or donate an item, contact Meals on Wheels Central Texas at 512-476-6325, Ext. 159 or at mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete Lyric Wardlow’s Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

Lyric Wardlow, 19, who grew up homeless, had the tuition she owed at Austin Community College paid off by a group of college employees as well as received a laptop, printer and books for school. Her biggest need is tuition assistance to restart school. She also would like health insurance, gas cards, bus passes, cat food, cat litter, a gym membership, a bedroom furniture set, lamps, a vacuum cleaner, organizational bins and gift cards.

Lyric Wardlow works at Playland Skate Center. She spent most of her childhood homeless. She is now living on her own and struggling financially, but still makes time to advocate to end childhood homelessness. Erika Rich for American – Statesman

To find out more or donate an item, contact LifeWorks, 512-735-2400, lifeworksaustin.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete the Season for Caring wish list for Nikki Jones and her daughter

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

Nikki Jones, 35, and her daughter Adeline, 6, kicked off the holidays by lighting the Driskill Christmas tree. Nikki Jones, who has common variable immune deficiency, still would like a playhouse or swing set; a backyard awning; foundation repair; a dishwasher; help with medical bills; food delivery service; gym membership and gift cards.

Lance Stumpf, the general manager at the Driskill, helps Adeline Jones, 6, as she lights the Driskill tree Nov. 28 alongside her mom Nikki Jones, who has common variable immune deficiency, a rare disorder that makes those affected highly susceptible to life-threatening infections. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

To find out more or donate an item, contact  Wonders & Worries, 512-329-5757, wondersandworries.org.​

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Help complete the Matias family’s Season for Caring wish list

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in the 2017 Season for Caring program.

Last month, the Matias family — Margarita, 72, who has ovarian cancer, Jessie, 60, who had kidney cancer, and son Ricky, 46, who has cerebral palsy and testicular cancer — went on a shopping spree at Academy Sports and Outdoors and now has a new accessible bathroom provided by Austin Facility Services.

Margarita Matias, 72, who is currently going through treatment for stage four ovarian cancer, 46, watches television with her son Ricky Felix Perez, who has an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and testicular cancer. Erika Rich for American – Statesman

They still need a wheelchair lift for their truck, ceiling fans, a couch, microwave, a laptop, smartphones, Tejano music CDs, an electrical wiring upgrade and a new window.

To find out more or donate an item, contact CareBox Program, 512-296-2180, careboxprogram.org.

To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click on Donate to Season for Caring. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.