Woman treated to lunch, shop­ping

Car­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - LAURA SKELDING / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN Con­tin­ued from B ‘This will raise her well-be­ing that there are peo­ple out there who care. What a bless­ing. God is good.’ An­toine Hines, Con­tact Ri­cardo Gán­dara at 445-3632.

do­nated phys­i­cal ther­apy ser­vices. Also, nu­tri­tion­ist Kel­cie Reightler has met with Jack­son and will be­gin ad­vis­ing her in Jan­uary. Jack­son be­lieves a bet­ter diet will help her get back on her feet.

“This will raise her well-be­ing that there are peo­ple out there who care,” said her son and care­taker, An­toine Hines. “What a bless­ing. God is good.”

Jack­son is part of the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man’s Sea­son for Car­ing pro­gram, which high­lights the needs of 12 Cen­tral Texas fam­i­lies and helps hun­dreds of

son and care­taker oth­ers like them through lo­cal non­profit agen­cies. Jack­son was nom­i­nated for the cam­paign by Meals on Wheels and More, the agency that de­liv­ers more than 2,000 meals daily to needy peo­ple.

In 2006, Jack­son was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis. She be­gan feel­ing numb­ness and loss of bal­ance and other symp­toms of the disease, which af­flicts the brain and spinal cord.

Af­ter a hospi­tal stay in 2008, she was ter­mi­nated from a med­i­cal billing job that she had held for 12 years. She has three grown chil­dren.

Am­plify’s involvement in the com­mu­nity is not new. Last year, the credit union adopted two Sea­son for Car­ing fam­i­lies. The credit union also gives all of its em­ploy­ees 40 hours of paid leave for vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity. Em­ploy­ees who do the full 40 hours are given a $500 do­na­tion for a char­ity of their choice.

“Wow,” said Jack­son, shak­ing her head. “I didn’t ex­pect this. I’m so grate­ful to ev­ery­one.”

To find out more about Tracy Jack­son and her needs, call Meals on Wheels and More at 476-6325 or go to www. meal­sonwheel­sand­more. org. To find out about adopt­ing an­other Sea­son for Car­ing fam­ily, email com­mu­nity@states­man. com or call 445-3590.

Tracy Jack­son’s mother, Linda Hines, kisses her on the cheek Fri­day af­ter Am­plify Credit Union vol­un­teers set up her new lap­top. St. David’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter has do­nated phys­i­cal ther­apy ser­vices to Jack­son, who gen­er­ally uses a wheel­chair be­cause of mul­ti­ple sclero­sis.

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