Let me introduce you to the Hawkins family. With their permission, I'm posting a picture of a family YOU are helping with your donations to my "Stitch Paradise Back Together" fundraising campaign.
I found this family through a contact at Ebbetts Pass Fire District. Jason Hawkins is a fireman, one of the first responders at the Camp Fire and a resident of Paradise. Jason's wife was born and raised in Paradise.
This blended family has been tested more in the last few years than any family should be tested. One of their daughters at the age of three was diagnosed with leukemia. Another daughter had a kidney and liver transplant. A kidney was donated by their 19-year-old to the little sister.
I spoke with Jason last night and learned that six of them are now living in a 20 foot trailer in Chico. Jason suggested that he send a picture of his family so you can see who you are helping. This is what Jason wants to tell you.
"Here is an older picture of my family, we were in Hawaii for my daughters Make A Wish. To everyone who has donated to this, (Stitch Paradise Back Together) thank you from the bottom of our hearts. My family has had a roller coaster year but we will finish out the year strong and your donation is truly a blessing, again thank you so so much. Merry Christmas to you all."As we all prepare for the Holidays, think about, and pray for the Hawkins family and all the people displaced by the Camp Fire. Think about the lyrics to Away in a Manger and Silent Night as you sing, and hear it this season. It takes on all new meaning for me as I sing "bless all the dear children in thy tender care". May the Hawkins family get into a permanent home soon, and sleep in heavenly peace.
P.S. Read about my fundraising campaign to Stitch Paradise Back Together HERE. To the many people who have donated so far, thank you, thank you so much. Your donations are putting smiles on faces and are making a difference.