Last day to double your Season for Caring donation

Monday is the last day for the Sheth family to match your donation to Statesman Season for Caring. 

Bertha Foster shows her son, Donovan Clay, a picture on Facebook. She is partially paralyzed after a series of strokes. ANA RAMIREZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This is the second year the Austin family has matched up to a $100,000 in donations from the community. Last year, the match inspired more than $164,000 in giving during the 10-day time period it was in effect. This year, we’re hoping for even more giving.

Go to Statesman.com/seasonforcaring and click the donate to Season for Caring tab to make your donation.

What will your donation do for local families? It will help the 12 featured families complete their wish lists, but it will also help hundreds of other families that are served by our nonprofit agency partners. Those agencies use Season for Caring funds for basic needs such as rent, utilities, medications, groceries and transportation.

Here’s who is being helped this year:

• Any Baby Can, Sherwood family: Trisha Sherwood, 40, has multiple sclerosis. Her 16-year-old son Alden had a brain tumor and now is in a wheelchair. And 13-year-old son Jacob is on the autism spectrum.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, Ríos Marcial family: Rogaciano Ríos Marcial, 46, lost his wife just after Mother’s Day to liver complications. He is raising four children ages 5 to 10 on his own.

• CareBox Program, Matias family:Margarita Matias, 72, has stage 4 ovarian cancer. Her husband, Jessie, 60, had kidney cancer. They are caring for son Ricky, 46, who has cerebral palsy and testicular cancer.

• Caritas of Austin, Hassan family: Hawa Hassan, 30, grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya. She was able to come to the U.S. with her three children, one of whom has muscular dystrophy and can no longer walk.

• Family Eldercare, Marvel family: Kenneth and Joyce Marvel both have intellectual disabilities. He’s 65 and has been able to support them by washing dishes at El Mercado, but soon it will be time to retire. She’s 73 and was injured when a bus ran over her toe.

• Foundation Communities, Negron family: Mayra Negron Romero, 45, lost her husband in a car accident last December. Her daughter Samanta, 25, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January.

• Hospice Austin, Marcelo Gracia: Marcelo Gracia, 45, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. His son Gael Guadalupe Gracia Garcia, 24, has become his caretaker.

• Interfaith Action of Central Texas, Ashour family: Sami Ashour, 48, his wife, Ahlam Al Battal, 38, and their children had to leave war-torn Syria for a refugee camp in Jordan and then made it to the United States. Many of their friends and family did not survive the war.

• LifeWorks, Lyric Wardlow: Lyric Wardlow, 19, became homeless when she was 9, but she found a way to get her high school diploma. She wants to go to college to become an advocate for the homeless.

• Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Foster family: After a series of strokes left Bertha Foster, 43, partially paralyzed, she now relies on family members, including her 15-year-old son Donovan, to care for her.

• Opportunities for Williams & Burnet Counties, Johnson family: Jazmyne Johnson, 24, has 4-year-old twin daughters and a 3-year-old son. Her daughter Nakayla has developmental delays from her skull not growing large enough to fit her brain.

• Wonders & Worries, Jones family: Nikki Jones, 35, wants nothing more than to see daughter Adeline, 6, graduate from high school. Jones has common variable immune deficiency, which makes her vulnerable to infections.

To read the stories of these families and their wish lists, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring. There you can make a monetary donation as well. You also can find a donation coupon on Page A8.

SEASON FOR CARING

• To make a monetary donation to Season for Caring, go online to statesman.com/seasonforcaring.

• Find more stories, videos and photos of all the families at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.

• To learn more about donating an item or a service, call 512-445-3590 or email community@statesman.com.

Where are they now? The King family

Sheila King, 50, and her family have made it through the loss of son Austen, father Harrell and her mother Janie. This year, son Michael and daughter-in-law Lena welcomed baby Xander.

Sheila King, center, thanks the owners of Austin’s Couch Potatoes, Daniel Anthony, left, and brothers Brian and Travis Morgan, who donated furniture to King and her family. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

King was part of the Statesman Season for Caring program last year. Every year, the Statesman tells the story of 12 families who have been nominated to the program by local nonprofit organizations. We invite the community and local businesses to donate a gift of money or goods or services on the families’ wish lists. Donations are given to the featured families first, and then, every year, Season for Caring funds help hundreds of other families through the selected nonprofit agencies.

Last year, Season for Caring raised more than $840,000 to help the community. On Nov. 26, we’ll introduce you to 12 new families who need your help, but first, we take a look back at the families from last year and share how they are doing.

The Kings needed major home repairs and got some of them, including new kitchen counters and sinks from New Stone Concepts. They also received new furniture from Austin’s Couch Potatoes.

Recently, King has been hospitalized for an autoimmune disorder.

To make a donation to Season for Caring, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring.

Where are they now? Francisco Zuñiga-Echeverria

Francisco Zuñiga-Echeverria, 29, is also in school in a pastry and culinary arts program. He grew up in foster care after his parents died and was then homeless

Saleem Assaf of Better Hearing Center of Austin fits Francisco Zuñiga-Echeverria for hearing aids. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman

Zuñiga-Echeverria was part of the Statesman Season for Caring program last year. Every year, the Statesman tells the story of 12 families who have been nominated to the program by local nonprofit organizations. We invite the community and local businesses to donate a gift of money or goods or services on the families’ wish lists. Donations are given to the featured families first, and then, every year, Season for Caring funds help hundreds of other families through the selected nonprofit agencies.

Last year, Season for Caring raised more than $840,000 to help the community. On Nov. 26, we’ll introduce you to 12 new families who need your help, but first, we take a look back at the families from last year and share how they are doing.

One of the things he really wanted was a green scooter. He was able to get one, though it has needed repairs at times. He also was able to get new hearing aids from Better Hearing Center of Austin and eyeglasses from Northwest Hills Eye Care.

“Things I got made my life much easier,” he says. “I have my own transport (kind of) and I am able to hear slightly better, and see well, so it made an impact to be more independent.”

 

To make a donation to Season for Caring, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring.