Diana Castro, 50, is working three jobs to care for her family, who are deaf. She's doing all of this while her son Marc, 9, has been having treatments for leukemia.
The Castros are one of the 12 families featured in the Statesman Season for Caring program.
Through the program, they experienced some good things in December. Castro and her daughter Alyssa were treated to a mother-daughter day with shopping at Lilly Pulitzer, pedicures at Caesar's Nails & Spa, and lunch at Bakery Lorraine.They also received pet care for their dogs through Firehouse Animal Health Center. NXP Semiconductor also donated many things on their wish list including gift cards and skillets.
The Castros still have things on their wish list: They need help with medical bills, rent, a couch, a computer and a printer, and car repairs, AnyBabyCan, 512-454-3743, anybabycan.org
Since the Statesman launched its 20th Season for Caring on Nov. 25, readers have donated $643,606 in monetary donations and $218,728 in in-kind donations of goods and services. The total — $862,334 — makes this 2018 Season for Caring, the second largest in donations since the program began in 1999.
The community still can give. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31, either online at statesman.com/seasonforcaring or by sending checks made out to Statesman Season for Caring to Austin Community Foundation, c/o Statesman Season for Caring, 4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751.
Donations go to help the featured families first, and then the local nonprofit partner agencies are able to help hundreds of other families with basic needs throughout the year. Season for Caring has given more than $12.5 million to our community.