Big­gest need is used ve­hi­cle

Car­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - B Page e3. ri­cardo b. brazziell / amer­i­can-states­man Con­tact Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando at 912-5900.

fa­ther, James, 59, has moved in be­cause of his ail­ing health.

The fam­ily is part of the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man’s Sea­son for Car­ing pro­gram, which high­lights the needs of 12 fam­i­lies and helps hun­dreds of oth­ers through reader do­na­tions. The fam­ily was nom­i­nated by WBC Op­por­tu­ni­ties, a non­profit agency that serves Wil­liamson and Bur­net coun­ties.

The fam­ily’s life and home are about to change. Am­plify Credit Union will give the home a makeover on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. It’s the fourth Sea­son for Car­ing fam­ily the credit union has adopted in two years. Last week, the credit union treated Tracy Jack­son, a 51-yearold Marine with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis, to a shop­ping spree be­fore giv­ing her a new com­puter so she could make In­ter­net calls to her daugh­ter. Am­plify also is help­ing to get her To make a do­na­tion, go on­line or use the do­na­tion form on phys­i­cal ther­apy and a nu­tri­tion­ist. Af­ter the credit union learned that her daugh­ter has no way to get home from col­lege this Christ­mas, mem­bers chipped in for a plane ticket too.

For the Yancy and Cousins fam­ily, 20 Am­plify em­ployee vol­un­teers will work two days straight to deep-clean the house, do re­pairs, in­stall new car­pet­ing and lam­i­nate, and pro­vide new fur­ni­ture.

Dur­ing the makeover, the fam­ily will stay at Best West­ern in Round Rock, which do­nated three ho­tel rooms for two nights.

The most im­por­tant thing Am­plify is giv­ing the fam­ily is fi­nan­cial coun­sel­ing to help re­duce debts and af­ford to take care of the home.

Am­plify’s Terry McCoy, a se­nior train­ing spe­cial­ist who is lead­ing the ef­forts, says the credit union was in­spired to help the fam­ily be­cause of its per­se­ver­ance to get out of where Yancy and Cousins grew up. “That is really in­spir­ing,” he said. “We give them a lot of credit for what they’ve been through.”

He also ad­mired the fam­ily’s com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion, and it shows, he says, with the old­est son now in col­lege.

“It’s our plea­sure to be able to do it, and to be able to make a dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life, it makes a dif­fer­ence in your own life,” McCoy said.

The fam­ily’s story in­spired an­other fam­ily to give this Christ­mas. Jack and Bev­erly John­son and their four chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren pooled their re­sources and went on a shop­ping spree Wed­nes­day to stock Yancy and Cousins’ kitchen. Even their daugh­ter, who lives in Alabama but was vis­it­ing, got in­volved. And their grand­chil­dren, the youngest of whom is 22, sent money to help out. They wrapped up ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing small ap­pli­ances, cups and plates, serv­ing bowls and mea­sur­ing cups, and de­liv­ered it on Fri­day.

“I’m proud of my fam­ily,” Jack John­son said.

The Yancy and Cousins fam­ily’s big­gest need is a gen­tly used large ve­hi­cle. The cur­rent car is leak­ing fumes, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to go far. The fam­ily also would love a new swing set, chil­dren’s bikes, toys and cloth­ing for the chil­dren.

To find out more about the fam­ily or to do­nate some­thing on its wish list, con­tact WBC Op­por­tu­ni­ties at 512-763-1400 or wbco.net.

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