Woman treated to lunch, shopping
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.