Our Christmas Family Program includes ten pediatric oncology families who were referred to us by the oncology social workers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. During the Christmas season, we provide immediate needs and some very special wants to each of the family members. We have talked, at length, with each family. We know their immediate needs and will be providing for many of them. Items like coats, bedding, and warm clothes are on each of their lists. Each mom has also identified a few special items that each child is hoping for this Christmas. It is our desire to provide these gifts, and you can be a part of this Christmas giving!
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
It’s simple. Choose a child below or click on the Christmas Family tab above. Read a child’s story. If that child’s story touches your heart and you’d like to help the family, click on the registry link. You will be taken directly to the registry created specifically for that family. Make your selection(s) and purchase them just like you would for any online purchase. You can choose to add a note, if you’d like. Your gift will be sent directly to the Genre’s Kids volunteer who will be delivering the gifts to the family. It really is that simple. Truly, this program works because of the generosity of people throughout so many communities! You can make a difference in the life of a family fighting childhood cancer!
Our Christmas Family Program will be available for viewing from November 3rd through December 3rd. The registries need to close early in December so that arrangements can be made to deliver the gifts before Christmas. Because we are working with extremely sick children, plans change often and our volunteers need time to accommodate the families sometimes unforeseen hospital schedules. Thanks for understanding!
Please help us by sharing our Christmas family program with your family and friends. We would appreciate offices, churches, and any other organizations joining in our program. Like us on Facebook as this information is provided there as well. Feel free to share this gift of giving on your social media!
WHY DO WE DO THIS?
This program holds a special place in our hearts. I remember the first Christmas when Genre was sick. We had Christmas Eve dinner at our home. We made Genre anything he wanted – anything that he could stand to smell and swallow. He was bald, gray, and so very sick. He was on some of the worst drugs of his protocol. It was time to pray and Genre said that he would like to say the prayer. This is what he prayed, “Dear God, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for this food and for my family. Thank you for letting me feel good enough to eat. Will you please help me be strong enough to walk downstairs and open my presents in the morning? Amen.” Those words are burned in my memory forever. We enjoyed every single minute of that Christmas morning. We hugged more than we ever hugged. We snuggled more than we ever snuggled. We appreciated God’s gift more than any other year – before or since. We were so thankful for that Christmas morning, as bitter sweet as it was. It is my prayer that these families will have a blessed morning and that we will ease any burden they may feel when thinking about Christmas.
Thanks for being a blessing to these families. God bless you and your family during this holiday season, and always.
Daunette, Genre’s mom
Click on child’s name below for their story and their immediate needs!