Thank you, Central Texas! You are opening up your hearts and giving to help hundreds of families throughout Central Texas have access to basic necessities through Statesman Season for Caring program and our 12 nonprofit partner organizations.

Since we launched the 20th Season for Caring campaign on Sunday, you have given $109,419.28. That number includes $46,650 as part of the Sheth family matching grant. Through Dec. 9, the family will match up to $100,000 of your gifts. Right now is the best time to give because your gift will be able to do even more.

We are slightly behind in donations from where we were last year, which was a record-breaking year and raised $1,065,095. Season for Caring has given local nonprofits $11.6 million in its first 19 years.

We need your help. Read the stories at statesman.com/seasonforcaring and give. Give a monetary donation, which will do the most good, or give a donation of an item on one of the featured family's wish list.

There are definite good things happening in Season for Caring land. Whataburger has made a $25,000 donation. Capital Area Dental Foundation has given dental care to all of the families. Simply Sold will be giving the Colson family a new accessible bathroom.

Factory Mattress is working on new beds for all the families.

This weekend a family is giving Keith Desilets a new lawnmower so he can earn more money mowing lawns, and Austin Kwik Kar will be helping him get his car back in working shape.

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services donated the funeral for Emily to the Seals family.

Grisham Middle School students have adopted the Duroy family.

Girl Scout troop 1124 is helping the Haroun family with gift cards.

The Driskill Hotel treated the Tate family to a night at the Cattle Barron Suite and is busy coordinating Cookies for Caring on Dec. 16.

Lilly Pulitzer at the Domain will be treating the Castro family to a shopping trip, and will donate 10 percent of sales on Dec. 12 to the Season for Caring program.

Amplify Credit Union is working on helping the Murorunkwere family.

Ernest Kimble will be getting his cataract surgery from Eye Clinic of Austin.

Firehouse Animal Health Center will be donating veterinary care to all of the families who have pets.

And P. Terry's Giving Back Day is Dec. 15.

All of our families still have needs on their wish lists. Some of the families have not gotten a lot of attention yet. These include the Gomez family, a father who is a double amputee because of diabetes and kidney disease, his wife and three children; the Lugo family, a mom and her two daughters who have experienced domestic violence and are trying to have a better life; the Haroun family, who came here from Iraq by way of Darfur; and the Simpson family, who are living in a home with flood damage from the 2015 Halloween flood. He has congestive heart failure, and she's in a wheelchair.

Give how you can and make this a great Season for Caring.

 

 


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