Times readers deliver holiday hopes to needy families
As balled up wrapping paper fills garbage bags, ornaments return to protective cases and light displays begin to dwindle, the hope that our readers gave four families this holiday season will extend well into 2014.
canada goose black friday sale For the eighth consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Times presented its Holiday Hopes series, profiling people and families in need and sharing their holiday wishes in the hopes someone would lend a hand. And many did deliver, filling our recipients with gratitude. Here’s how the community shined. canada goose black friday sale
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The outpouring from readers touched by the family’s story was tremendous, said Stacey Efaw, executive director for Emergency Care Help Organization.
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However, her children had an idea of their own. When their mother’s back was turned, they pulled out a note with a different request: a camera for their mom.
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The family made thank you cards for everyone who donated and baked cookies for the owner of the North Tampa Photography store and the workers at ECHO. In hopes of canada goose outlet store uk paying things forward, the family spent Christmas feeding the homeless and the day after volunteering at ECHO.
“It’s been a pleasure to have the children see the outpouring of support from the community,” Blackwell said. “It’s been miracle after miracle.”
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These kids have dealt with a lot of loss, Brown said. They usually ask for their mothers, especially on holidays. But the day after Christmas, the kids were still busy opening presents.
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They were so happy. Readers had dropped off shoes and clothes and food and comforters and bikes and skateboards and many more toys. Before Christmas, a man named Bill took them all shoe shopping. Three year old Jasmine did not want to take off her new Baby Phat shoes that night.
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