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Statesman Season for Caring families receive eye care, but more help needed


The Gaston-Ellis family’s Amazon Wish List includes clothes and a fryer, shelves and a dresser, but also many books – “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”, “The Last Thing He Got Me” told “and” The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, “among others.

The family of five siblings lost their mother to COVID-19 in August. Now Tre, Railyne and Deaza are raising their younger siblings, Kaiden, 16, and Kalieve, 17.

The family is part of the Statesman Season for Caring program this year. Each of the families featured was nominated by a local non-profit organization. Hospice Austin named the family Gaston-Ellis.

When reader Barbara Knauf read articles about the Gaston-Ellis and saw that they were avid readers, she called Hospice Austin and offered to help them with eye exams and glasses. “No one should go without glasses,” Knauf told them. “I wear glasses, and they love to read, and I just thought if they needed them, I could give them this.”

Since the Season for Caring 2021 campaign launched on November 28, the program has raised over $ 306,000, more than half of the Sheth Family’s game of $ 500,000.

The money raised helps first the families presented, then hundreds of other families throughout the year with basic needs through local non-profit organizations.

Your gift has doubled:The Sheth family matched $ 500,000 in donations from Season for Caring

The Burnett family, who have lived in a motel for two years, also need eye exams and glasses. The Austin Founders Lions Club reached out to Burnetts Agency, the Austin-area Boys & Girls Clubs, to help make this happen.

Another Season for Caring family is in need of eye care. Judy and Juan Silva care for her brother Ramon, who suffers from Down syndrome and the lasting effects of a stroke 17 years ago. They were appointed by Austin Palliative Care (512-342-4768, austinpalliativecare.org).

Need more help:Musician BJ Lentz finds her rhythm after adjusting to vision loss

Judy Silva spends the whole day caring for her family, including her brother Ramon Torres, who has Down syndrome and has had a stroke.  She postponed her eye exam and new glasses because they needed things for Torres.

Musician BJ Lentz needs help with accessibility items after going legally blind in 2017. She needs adaptive technology such as voice-recognition lights, a large TV for reading in large print, loudspeakers. – smart speakers and electronic glasses. (Austin Musicians’ Health Alliance, 512-541-4226, myhaam.org)

The other great need in health care is orthodontics. The Capital Area Dental Foundation and its members help all families in need of dental care. What is missing is orthodontics.

Help provided:Capital Area Dental Foundation provides family care Season for Caring

The Gaston-Elllises are one of these families. (Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org)

The Fresch family also needs orthodontics. The parents have welcomed three children into foster care and are about to welcome one-month-old twins who were born prematurely, in addition to looking after their three biological children. (Dress for Success Austin, 737-471-6377, dressforsuccessaustin.org)

Tahaguas Abraha and his family from Eritrea would also like to have orthodontics. They arrived in the United States from a refugee camp in Ethiopia three years ago. (Interfaith Action of Central Texas, 512-386-9145, interfaithtexas.org)

Donate to Statesman Season for Caring

Until Christmas, the Sheth family donates up to $ 500,000.

Learn more about Season for Caring, read the stories of the families featured, and donate to Statesman.com/seasonforcaring. You can also find a coupon to send a donation by mail on Page 8 E.