First Keith Desilets worried that no one would remember him on Christmas. Then he worried that New Year's Day, when he turned 41, would be lonely, too. Desilets has cerebral palsy and some developmental delays.
The Westwood High School community, where he works as a groundskeeper, came through with a lot of love as well as donations. It connected him with car repairs and home repairs, including a new garage door from Precision Garage Door of Austin and an air conditioner from Service Wizard Air Conditioning & Heating.
The Vokg family also donated a new lawnmower to him so he can earn extra money in the spring and summer mowing people's lawns.
He has only a few things left on his wish list, including pest control and grooming for his dog. He also would like to take a vacation because he's never had one.
If you can donate an item, contact Family Eldercare, 512-450-0844, familyeldercare.org.
Since the Statesman launched its 20th Season for Caring on Nov. 25, readers have donated $673,056 in monetary donations and $218,728 in in-kind donations of goods and services. The total — $891,786 — makes the 2018 Season for Caring the second best 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.