Donations will help families in need
emphysema. No longer able to work, the Austin musician and cook now relies on disability checks and the help of Hospice Austin, which nominated him for Season for Caring.
Ethel Wright, 65, isn’t nearing retirement. She has four grandchildren to feed and clothe on an income she earns working in a dining hall at Texas State University. Community Action Inc., which serves two of her grandchildren in its early Head Start program, nominated Wright for Season for Caring.
Tracy Jackson, 51, had to stop working after symptoms from multiple sclerosis made her unable to walk and limited the use of her arms. The former Marine lives on disability payments and the help of Meals on Wheels and More, her Season for Caring agency.
The effects of HIV and multiple other health concerns have left Paul Haltom, 37, and Daniel Townsend, 57, unable to work. Townsend is mostly using a wheelchair, and most days are spent between the hospital and the doctors’ offices. Their disability payments only go so far, but Care Communities, the agency that nominated the couple to Season for Caring, also helps.
This year Season for Caring chose 12 families to feature, and while most think of families in need as being filled with chil- dren, these five families represent some of the need Austin nonprofit agencies see in the elderly and people with disabilities populations. Through reader donations of more than $290,000 so far, Season for Caring is helping Bolaños, Wilson, Wright, Jackson, Haltom and Townsend, as well as hundreds of others like them through the agencies that nominated them.
All five of these families need help with basic living expenses. Bolaños has a group of surgeons evaluating her for the knee surgery she needs, but they will need a surgical center to donate its space and an anesthesiologist to help as well. Her citizenship concerns are being handled by attorney Cristina Zambrano, but Bolaños would love to have gift cards to H-E-B, Target and Wal-Mart.
Haltom and Townsend still have many things on their wish lists, including assistive devices for their bathroom and bedroom, home health care, a handicap accessible van, laundry and cleaning ser- incident. Stevens, who has since died, was able to help supply Widdows with an eyewitness account, Widdows said.
Snowden’s helicopter had to crash land in a ditch after Snowden was shot, Stevens wrote in an email he sent in 2004 to Carra Elkins, one of Snowden’s sisters. “For reasons I still can’t explain, I insisted on counting the bullet holes in the chopper he was on,” the email said. “There were 68 holes in the chopper. ... He sacri- vices, and a cellphone and service.
The biggest thing on Ethel Wright’s list is a new or gently used mobile home. She also needs help with after-school care for her grandchildren so she can work more hours and legal help getting custody of her grandchildren.
Most of Wilson’s needs were taken care of by Cirrus Logic and reader donations. He would love gift cards to H-E-B as well.
Jackson needs a two-bedroom accessible apartment so her daughter, Linda, will have somewhere to stay when she’s home from college. She also wants a handicap accessible van to make going to doctor appointments easier. The rest of her needs have been taken care of by Amplify Credit Union, St. David’s HealthCare and readers.
To find out more about these Season for Caring recipients’ needs, call 445-3590 or email email@example.com. ficed his life in an attempt to help his fellow soldiers.”
“Ben was a vital part of our family, and we still miss him every day,” Elkins said. “He has always been my hero, but now he is everyone’s hero.”
Ben Snowden was 29 years old and married with three children when he died. His wife, Betty, never remarried, John Snowden said.
Ben Snowden was the first soldier from Georgetown to die in Vietnam, John Snowden said. Georgetown VFW Post 8587 is named in his honor.