Callie, a single Mom in our community, wants to share the impact your support has had on her family: “My 1st son, was diagnosed with cancer at 19 months old. A social worker at the hospital helped us register with LCAC, as a resource for some extra help.”
Callie shares, “Over time and to this day, they have been such a blessing to our family. Whether it be extra food to get through the week, backpacks for school (complete with supplies), a BIG help at Christmas, etc., they have helped so very much. My children have gotten to enjoy cooking classes, arts and crafts, and other various activities as well! We have had lots of good times in between and didn’t always need help, but they have always been there for us when we have need them!”
Many of our neighbors have stories like Callie’s. She was able to keep working during the early months of the pandemic, but she would eventually be informed that her retail job, which she had worked for several years, was being eliminated. The dismal heat meant that she had a larger than normal Dominion bill and now she needed rental assistance as well. “Most recently, during such uncertain times for all, they [LCAC] was able to provide financial help to assist with our rent. Thank you LCAC for always being a reliable resource for my family as well as our community!”
It is thanks to you that LCAC has been there for Callie and many others since March. Your donations provided much needed assistance to families disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
“A Family's Story"
Isolated at home without work, a mother has been doing her best to make sure she and her 11-year-old son, with developmental disabilities make the best out of this pandemic.
JoJo pictured above, like many children with developmental disabilities relies heavily on consistency in his schedule and life. As many of you can relate to, the quick switch from a daily routine to life in quarantine has not been an easy adjustment for this family.
Teresa and JoJo are one of the 33 families LCAC delivers food to each week. For JoJo, his Thursday routine of seeing the same volunteers bringing food has brightened his days. Mom shared with us that JoJo loves celebrating holidays, but since his birthday fell during the beginning of the pandemic, they couldn’t have a proper celebration. Once Cake4kids re-opened their cake deliveries, LCAC quickly ordered a Toy Story themed cake and he was THRILLED!
One of their favorite restaurant’s is Glory Days. LCAC received family meal vouchers which were given to over 60 families. Teresa and JoJo were one of the families to receive a voucher. Teresa shared that she and JoJo celebrated Father’s Day with their favorite meal from Glory Days, JoJo was so happy and grateful to make this day special.
“I sincerely appreciate all of the support LCAC has given us. LCAC has been a true blessing throughout this pandemic and we truly love our volunteers they make Thursdays a day to look forward to. We love our weekly food basket and have been cooking more vegetables than ever thanks to the fresh produce. God Bless LCAC staff, volunteers and donors. It is not easy being a single mother, unemployed with little to no support. You all are angels sent from above.” – Teresa
As stressful as this pandemic has been for Teresa, she expresses her gratitude constantly. She recently took part in our online nutrition class and continues to make learning about health and healthy eating a priority.
“JoJo is a ball of pure love and joy. Our family adores JoJo, we are the ones blessed to visit them each week. We always try to make them our last delivery so we can spend extra time connecting with JoJo. Our hearts melt every time we see them because they spread such joy to others.” says Kathy (delivery volunteer).