Woman’s kids from 5 to 13 years old

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Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Con­tin­ued from B Con­tact Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando at 912-5900.

The other chil­dren were taken shop­ping. First, they headed to Bath & Body Works to pick out lo­tions for Rosas to bring the spa ex­pe­ri­ence home. Each child took turns smelling the lo­tions and pick­ing one out. Sev­enyear-old Raul ended up with lo­tion on his nose, which brought gig­gles.

Later they headed to Things Re­mem­bered to pick out a charm for Mom that will have all of their names en­graved on it.

While Rosas was hav­ing her fa­cial, Maria joined the other chil­dren, and they split up to shop for one an­other. Yari, 10, Raul, 7, and Maria headed to Claire’s to shop for Jo­vana, 11, and Rox­anna, 5. To­gether they picked out a pink purse and ear­rings for Rox­anna and a small stuffed an­i­mal and press-on nails for Jo­vana. Over at Build-ABear Work­shop, Jo­vanna and Rox­anna picked out a mon­key they named Coco for Raul, a dog named Mini for Maria, and a cat named Ti­cis for Yari. Rox­anna care­fully brushed the an­i­mals be­fore dress­ing them in the out­fits they picked for the stuffed an­i­mals.

Soon it was time to pick up Rosas, who with a shy smile on her face looked re­laxed. “Ev­ery­thing turned out beau­ti­ful,” she said. “I didn’t ex­pect it at all.”

Nguyen, who said the spa gave her the ul­ti­mate fa­cial, had a big smile on her face. “I’m so happy for her,” she said. “She’s my Christ­mas gift. They de­serve this.”

The last stop in the mall was Cal­i­for­nia Pizza Kitchen, where the man­ager treated the fam­ily to gua­camole and spinach dip, pep­per­oni and sausage piz­zas, and ice cream sun­daes.

Rosas says it was the best day of her life. “I was so re­laxed,” she says. “I for­got about the kids.”

The Rosas fam­ily still needs rent as­sis­tance, tu­tor­ing, In­ter­net ac­cess and a home phone.

To find out more about the Rosas or to help with an item on their wish list, con­tact Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area, 4447199, bg­caustin.org.

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