Often, the people our Statesman Season for Caring families come in contact with every day have no idea what those families are going through. Sometimes it’s the parents at school where kids attend who read the stories and start a collection drive. Sometimes its the neighbors.
This year, for Kevin Moreno and his family, it was the place where he works. Moreno, 23, has been the primary financial support for his family including two younger siblings since he was 16. He now works as a patient services specialist at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. His co-works collected $330 and donated it to Foundation Communities, the nonprofit organization that nominated him to the program.
Alicia Gonzales’ fellow nursing students at Austin Community College also read her story and responded. The mom of three young boys is also carrying for her mother who is on dialysis. This month, she will begin her last semester at ACC before she becomes a nurse. On the day of her finals, classmates surprised her with $400 they collected to help her. She was nominated by Capital IDEA.
The Statesman’s Season for Caring program helps the featured families’ needs first and then helps hundreds of others throughout the year with basic needs such as rent, groceries, medical bills, utilities, transportation and clothing.
Since the 21st Season for Caring launched on Dec. 1, Central Texans have donated almost $820,000 in monetary donations and goods and services. It has given $13.4 million to local nonprofits since 1999.
There’s still time to give to help Gonzales and Moreno and the 10 other featured families and their agencies. Monetary donations through Jan. 31, will count toward the 2019 program. Donations can be made through the form below or by mailing a check to Austin Community Foundation c/o Season for Caring, 4315 Guadalupe Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751.
Both Moreno and Gonzales have things remaining on their wish lists:
Moreno needs a second car and car repairs for the family’s current car as well as textbook expenses for Dylan, tuition for Kevin to go to college, living room furniture, a dining room table that seats six, a TV stand, wall shelving and organizational systems. They would love a family gym membership. To donate to their wish list, contact Foundation Communities, 512-447-2026, foundcom.org.
Gonzales needs gift cards to H-E-B and Walmart, permanent dentures for her mom, a wheelchair holder for a car, a sit-to-stand recliner for mom, a tall six-drawer dresser, help with medical bills, Wi-Fi services, and help with divorce expenses. (Capital IDEA, 512-457-8610, capitalidea.org)